All courses offered by the Department will be new to students as they make their KS4 choices and for some this process will also happen as they enter KS5. This challenges all students to be committed, persistent and dedicated to their learning. There are many and varied opportunities for them across all courses to develop other aspects of their character through team activities, personal challenge and support for and consideration of others. Students also engage with the local and wider business communities, providing them with direct experience of different careers options and pathways available to them on leaving school. This helps them to prepare to become considerate members of the business community who are able to consider the ethical and moral aspect of their behaviour and that of others.
All subjects provide scope for students to develop and use business language that they will experience and be expected to use in real life business contexts throughout their lives and all courses will build on this key terminology as students become more experienced in their subject matter.
Many of our students progress from studying our courses at Key Stage 4 to the range of courses we offer at Key Stage 5 and indeed many choose to continue studying in this field after they leave school to deepen and broaden their understanding of the subject. We therefore know that it is important that we continue to develop our curriculum offer to ensure that the progression routes we offer are always varied, meaningful and relevant to young people and their futures. All specific subjects offered in the department have natural progression routes from KS4 to KS5 and enable students to continue their studies after KS5 if interested.