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Business Studies, Travel & Tourism, and Health & Social Care

Curriculum

Business Studies is a key stage 4 subject that students have the choice to study in Year 10 and 11.

We are currently delivering BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise, a demanding academic qualification which students can study further at both College and University. BTEC qualifications help develop work related transferable skills through independent projects requiring research and analysis to produce business reports by given deadlines.

Project assignments require students to research the local environment and write a formal report on two local businesses of their choice. (Lush – bath bombs, Nail bars, Accountants, Vets, Hairdressers, family business, plumbers, mechanics, transport, coffee shops, florists…and many more. Students will examine the characteristics of enterprises, explore how market research helps enterprises meet customer needs and understand competitor behaviour. And investigate the factors that contribute to the success of an enterprise.

In Year 11 students study Component Two. They explore ideas and plan for a micro-enterprise, create a detailed business plan with projected financial documents and pitch their micro-enterprise activity Dragons Den style and evaluate their performance. An excellent way to demonstrate their newly acquired business skills.

Students will benefit from being competent at Maths as they complete a 90mins Business Finance exam. Demonstrating their ability to complete and analyse a range of financial documentation and reports including trading accounts, breakeven margin of safety, cash flow, balance sheets, ratios, and profitability margins.

Thorns Business Department work closely with local businesses, we really appreciate their generosity of time and support given to our students. They are an invaluable resource in helping students experience the world of work outside the classroom and help them apply their knowledge to real life business scenarios in the local community. We have run a very successful Apprentice Competition with the generous support of Dave King owner Soccer Kings, Amblecote. Our business classes competed to design and sell hoodies and raised thousands of pounds for Cancer charity. Dave King was our very own Lord Sugar in our boardroom and hired the winning student, offering a part time summer job.

More recently we have enjoyed the generous support of Darren Parker, Director of Transervice Training and business speaker, who has worked closely with Thorns Business Studies students, providing interactive workshops an insight into the haulage and distribution network, even bringing their training lorry on site for the students to experience first-hand and being filmed by the Road Haulage Association during National ‘Love Your Lorry Week’! A great day and very informative.

Business is an exciting and demanding subject that requires students to possess a strong work ethic as they embark on new challenges. We are positively recruiting ‘girls’ into our Business department to reflect the national shortage of Women in business and encourage our girls in realising their entrepreneurial and leadership qualities.

BTEC Level 1/2 Award in Travel & Tourism

Provides and engaging introduction to the world of travel and tourism giving learners the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through investigating the importance of the travel and tourism sector including accommodation, tourism development and promotion, transport and visitor and attractions. Students will investigate the importance of the travel and tourism sector to the UK, and investigate different types of customer and UK destinations. Students will develop transferable skills such as, research, report drafting and writing skills and project management.

Students will study four units:

  • The UK Travel and Tourism Sector (external examination)
  • UK Travel and Tourism Destinations (Coursework/Project based)
  • The Travel and Tourism Customer Experience (Coursework/Project based)
  • International Travel and Tourism Destinations (Coursework/Project based)

Health & Social Care is a key stage 4 subject that students have the choice to study in Year 10 and 11.

We are currently delivering BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care, an enjoyable qualification which students can study further at both College and University. BTEC qualifications help develop work related transferable skills through independent projects requiring research and analysis to produce assignments by given deadlines.

Health & Social is all about physical health & wellbeing, mind & body, including mental health, respect & care values.

It compliments GCSE PE students and students who enjoy football and other physical activities. It helps focus learners and reinforces the importance of holistic health and wellbeing.

Component One require students to research a celebrity of their choice and understand how their life experiences have impacted on their growth & development.

Component Two requires learners to prepare an event to demonstrate using care values in practise.

Component Three Examination (2hrs) requires students to evaluate a given case study with health issues and advise ways to improve lifestyle, health & wellbeing. Students have the opportunity to re-sit their exam at the end of Year 11.

Suitable for learners of all ability as ‘real life’ accessible for research.

Exciting option and we are positively recruiting ‘boys’ into our Health & Social Care department to reflect the national shortage of men in the health sector, and encourage our boys in acquiring skills for the demanding male career choices in the health and social sector. Opportunities including a rewarding career in the NHS, Army, Police, Gym instructor and many, many more.

Ideal choice for Football Team!

Mrs K Cowern

Head of Department

Law Degree LLB (Hons). Post Grad Degree Human Resource Management. Further qualifications include: Business Finance and Administration. Many years invaluable work experience in the private sector from James Beattie retail to QAD American software firm. Left the private sector, large office, long lunches and paid overtime to pursue career in teaching as passion for learning.