Business (formerly Business Studies) is offered at both AS and A Level. The course is open to all students whether they have studied the subject before or not.
The specification introduces pupils to the key functions of Business, specifically; Marketing, Finance, People and Operations Management, alongside an understanding of the external influences on Business such as Economics, Government, Society, Legislation, Technology and Politics. Pupils develop skills in decision making, project management and IT alongside their subject knowledge.
The Business Department is a successful department that is well established at Lancing. The department uses a variety of teaching styles and methods and is particularly interested in developing pupils’ skills in preparation for university and successful future careers.
Students choosing to study Business do so for a variety of reasons but principally because they can see the value of the subject to their future careers. The range of university courses that Business students go on to study is diverse, illustrating the usefulness of the qualification to the pupils.
A strong emphasis is placed on dynamic learning with full use made of the internet and school intranet facilities along with the traditional learning resources of the library, the media and national business, economic and management publications. The ability to prioritise tasks and process information from a wide range of sources is a key skill that the department is proactive in developing in its pupils.
Guest speakers are invited regularly to talk to the business students. We have hosted a number of leading entrepreneurs including; Sinclair Beecham OL, the co-founder of Pret A Manger and the inspiration behind the re-launch of the Hoxton Hotel in London. In addition, we have also enjoyed the company of Craig Sams, co-founder of the successful UK-based chocolate manufacturer Green & Black's, which was later purchased by Cadbury Schweppes, now part of the American multinational confectionery, food and beverage giant, Mondeléz International (formerly Kraft Foods).
We welcomed Rob Hazell, the co-founder of Shakeaway, the phenomenally successful British milkshake company, who talked at length about how businesses can expand in difficult economic conditions, and we hosted Levi Roots, the charismatic innovator selected by Peter Jones from Dragons' Den to produce the now widely acclaimed Reggae Reggae Sauce.
In addition, we enjoyed the company of Stephen Haines, founder of Carte Blanche, the multi million pound global greetings card company behind ‘Tatty Ted’. As if that wasn’t enough, in recent years, we have travelled to New York to investigate the financial, economic and commercial opportunities and threats faced by international businesses, as part of our A2 studies.
We toured the Federal Reserve, to gain an understanding of the money market and the external influences on business decisions from an economics and banking perspective; we went to the NBC studios to find out what influence the news media has on business, and we went behind the scenes at Macy’s to see how retailing works. Naturally, we also did a spot of sightseeing to understand the tourism industry and its impact on the US economy!
The department is also responsible for the running of Young Enterprise. The Lower Sixth students are given the opportunity to start and run their own business for an academic year. This is a country-wide competition that sees us up against approximately six schools in the local area in the initial stages. Students elect a board of directors from among themselves, raise share capital, then create, sell, and market products, with the aim to generate profits. This programme allows students to apply the theories learnt in the classroom to a real life context that they are responsible for. Over the past few years Lancing has seen great success, with its companies winning best business plan and best trade stand, amongst other awards.
Inspiration, aspiration and dedication are key characteristics that the department seeks to encourage in its pupils.
|Mrs Catherine R Mole (BA UCL)
||Head of Department