At King Richard III Business Studies and Travel & Tourism are relevant subjects offered as part of the IGCSE options in Secondary School. The subjects provide a foundation for further studies in this area and are useful for students who intend to pursue a career in a business organisation.
We aim to enable students to:
- develop an understanding of how businesses function, makes decisions and contribute to the economy.
- develop an enthusiasm and understanding of business and its impacts on the world around us.
- foster a spirit of enquiry, a critical approach to thinking about current issues and to encourage enterprise and risk taking.
We have a wide range of resources available to achieve this aim. Students are able to enter the London Institute of Banking & Finance ifs Student Investor challenge contest, and gain practical exposure through visits to various businesses across an array of industries in order to gain insights into real world business environments. These include visits to media (Serra Group), manufacturing (Lottusse & Quely), (travel) services (Globalia, Tickets, Trivago). We also have lectures by visiting business specialists to broaden student engagement and challenge.
Lessons are well resourced and we pride ourselves in high levels of organisation and support for pupils at all levels.
The Business and Travel & Tourism department offers highly popular Cambridge IGCSE Travel & Tourism and A Level Business qualifications. A large number of pupils also continue to study Business at degree level.
For both IGCSE and A Level Business, the subject involves the investigation of key business areas:
- Business activity
- People in business
- Operations management
- External influences on business
- Strategic management (A2 level)
For IGCSE Travel & Tourism the subject involves investigating the key areas of:
- The industry structure, impacts, role of government, patterns of demand and promoting visits
- Features of worldwide destinations
- Customer care and working procedures
- Travel & tourism products and services
- Marketing and promotion, and the marketing and promotion of visitor services
Key Stage 4
The IGCSE Business examination consists of two written papers: papers 1 and 2. There is no coursework.
- Paper 1 (1 hour 30 mins; 80 marks) contains questions requiring a mixture of short answers and structured data responses. There will be no choice of questions. 50% of the total examination.
- Paper 2 (1 hour 30 mins; 80 marks) contains questions based on a case study, provided as an insert with the paper. There will be no choice of questions. 50% of the total examination.
Both papers can include content from the entire course.
The IGCSE Travel & Tourism examination consists of two written papers: papers 1 and 2. There is no coursework.
- Paper 1 (2 hour, 60% of total mark). This paper comprises four scenario-based questions which require candidates to provide short answers. The scenarios are set in an international travel and tourism environment, although some provision is made for candidates to refer to local examples.
- Paper 2 (2.5 hour, 40% of total mark). This question paper comprises scenario-based questions, which require candidates to provide short answers. It is based primarily on the contents of Unit 5 (Marketing & Promotion). Candidates should have broad understanding of the principles of marketing and promotion, and of the ways in which marketing and promotion are used within the travel and tourism industry.
Key Stage 5
A-Level Business is a two year course where the first year or AS year is examined in two papers, papers 1 and 2 which comprises 50% of the A-Level. A2 is the second year of the course and is examined in paper 3.
• Paper 1: Short answer and essay (1 hour 15 mins; 40 marks) contains two sections of equal weighting. The first section are compulsory short answer questions and the second section is a choice of one of requiring a mixture of short answers and structured data responses. There will be no choice of questions. 40% of the AS year or 10% of A-Level.
• Paper 2 (1 hour 30 mins; 60 marks) contains four questions based on a case study. There will be no choice of questions. 60% of the AS year or 30% of A-Level.
• Paper 3 is a 3 hour case study. This is the A2/extended A Level. 100 marks, 100% of A2 or 50% of the A Level.
Papers can include content from the entire course.
The full A level qualification comprises exams at AS and at A level which may be taken together or separately. The Cambridge syllabus number code is 9609, previously 9709.