The Business Studies department offers a range of subjects to pupils in St. Genevieve’s High School. Although not involved in Key Stage 3 due to the nature of the subjects we offer, our departmental teachers will get the opportunity to teach junior pupils through their involvement in other departments.  All our teachers deliver ICT, Learning for Life & Work and Careers. This allows our pupils to get the chance to know the teachers before choosing Business and Travel & Tourism related courses in Key stages 4 & 5.

 

Staff

  • Mr A McAleese (Head of Department)
  • Mrs C Hughes
  • Mrs C McAnulty
  • Mrs S Mackle – Travel & Tourism
  • Miss D Boyle
  • Miss P Scullion (Replacing Mrs J Dunn – Career Break)

 

Aims & Visions

We aim to provide our pupils with an enjoyable learning experience where they get the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and projects which help them to fully grasp the subjects they study within the department.

Our vision is to promote academic excellence, mutual respect and a sense of community within a vibrant, purposeful working department enabling all individuals to develop their talents and enjoy their experience of Business Studies and its related subjects.

 Subjects / Courses Delivered  Year Group 
 GCSE Business Studies    Years 11 & 12 
 GCSE Business & Communication Systems   Years 11, 12 & 13 
 BTEC First Award Travel & Tourism    Years 11 & 12 
 AS/A2 Business Studies  Years 13 & 14
 AS/A2 Applied Travel & Tourism  Years 13 & 14
 BTEC First Certificate Travel & Tourism  Years 13 & 14

 

KS4

In Key Stage 4 pupils have the opportunity to study GCSE in Business Studies or in Business and Communication Systems. The department at this stage is also responsible for offering the BTEC First Award in Travel & Tourism.

KS5

In Sixth Form, students can continue their Business Studies education with Advanced Level Business Studies.  For those who have developed or would like to develop an interest in Travel & Tourism, there is the option of advancement to the BTEC First Certificate or the Advanced Level in Applied Travel & Tourism.

Teaching Strategies

 Activboard   -   Daily classroom learning and teaching
Trips / Visits -  Local and national businesses to help pupils complete coursework research.
Internet -  Research into business operations, education support sites. 
Guest Speakers -  From local and national businesses. 
DVD's -  To support classroom learning and teaching.
Games - Extracurricular activities. To support classroom learning and teaching.
Library - Research and improving literacy/reading skills.
Published Resources -  To support research activities.

 

 

Annual Activities

Visits to the Central Library

Our Advanced Level students enjoy valuable visits to the Central Library where they receive talks by the Business librarian and are introduced to the Business and Travel & Tourism sections within the library. The visit which takes place in February proves to be very helpful to the students in completing their coursework in their Advanced level courses.

 

Educational Visits/Trips

Each year we organise trips that will help the pupils in their understanding of subjects taken within the department. The location of these trips varies on an annual basis but some of the places visited include:

The Tayto Factory 

Each year both the year 11 and year 12 GCSE Business Studies classes take a very worthwhile trip to the Tayto factory in Tandragee. They receive a very interesting tour of the factory and are able to quiz a variety of the managers and employees on many aspects of the company’s operations.

tayto

Marks & Spencer

Another firm that is visited is Marks & Spencer. The pupils meet several managers and are able to gain a valuable insight into the daily running of such a large department store. The visit also allows the pupils to gather information for their assignments.

 

Competitions

Students and classes have also taken part in competitions outside of the school such as the Rensburg Sheppard’s School Share Race and individual competitions such as ‘Junior Dragon’s Den’.

 

Bank Of Ireland

The Advanced level Business Studies class work together with local Bank of Ireland representatives in setting up and running the school bank which gives all our pupils the opportunity to save money and learn how to manage their personal finance.

 

‘Enterprise in Practice’

Our Year 11 pupils enjoy the opportunity each year to set up and run their own business within the school. They have produced a variety of products in recent years and not only do they have great fun in the operation of their business, they also use this as evidence for their Occupational Studies programme.

 


 

Contact Us

Trench House
87 Stewartstown Road
Belfast
Co.Antrim
N. Ireland
BT11 9JP

TEL: 02890925670

FAX: 02890925675

E-mail: info@stgenevieves.belfast.ni.sch.uk

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