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Business is an academic subject taught in some schools from GCSE level, but in most schools largely at A-Level. It is the study of skills relating to running a business; including finance, accountancy, management, business organisation, human resources, marketing and advertising.
Business is considered to be an accessible GCSE course, taken by students across the full range of abilities, and often those with a particular interest in Business, Economics and Accountancy. In recent years, Business has become an increasingly popular subject choice, but not many schools are able to include this within their already over-loaded GCSE curriculum, so most schools introduce Business at A level only. Exam Boards offering GCSE Business include AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC (Eduqas) and CCEA. GCSE BTEC Business is also available, as a more vocational option, in a small number of schools and colleges. Generally GCSE Business is assessed with two exam papers, each of 1 hour 45 minutes; typically paper 1 focusing on the themes of "Starting a Business" and paper 2 on "Growing a Business".
A-Level Business is an inter-discplinary subject stretching across the disciplines of Accountancy, Economics, Management Science, Law and Social Psychology. Most students choosing an A-Level Business Course will do so without having done GCSE Business. A number of students may consider choosing Economics and/or Business at A-Level. Economics focuses much more on the global picture of world finances and economic processes, whereas Business keeps the specific focus on developing skills to manage a specific organisation or company. Generally, schools advise that students pick one of either Business or Economics, not both, and that the more academically-inclined students should opt for the more rigorous Economics Course. Business requires less understanding than Economics but involves more learning of content and so there is arguably more work to cover.
We connect you to the best teachers who work across several of the best primary and secondary schools in Lancaster (some detailed below). This means we can reliably provide you with a local and experienced tutor that fits your needs.
Lancaster primary school performance:
The Lancaster area has 27 primary schools (one of the top being St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School, Lancaster with 30% of pupils achieving at a higher standard).
From their latest Oftsed report:
The Lancaster local authority has an average of 64% of students meeting the expected standards in reading, writing, and maths at primary school age (vs England's average of 65%). And has an average of 10% achieving higher standard (vs England's average of 11%).
Lancaster secondary school performance:
The Lancaster area has 11 secondary schools (one of the top being Lancaster Girls' Grammar School with 97% of pupils achieving grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs).
From their latest Oftsed report:
The Lancaster local authority has an average of 44% of students achieving grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs (vs England's average of 43%). And has an average of 94% of students either staying in education or entering employment after GCSEs (vs England's average of 94%).
Lancaster Ofsted ratings:
78% of Lancaster schools have received at least a 'Good' Ofsted rating, with 7 schools receiving an 'Outstanding' rating in their last evaluation.
Source: Gov.UK Website