Close

Our School App Stay connected on the go...

Open

Business Studies

Business Studies

Departmental Staff

Mr A Hall Head of Department
Mr J Boyes  
Mrs L Coates  


What can a student expect from the Department?

  • Qualified and enthusiastic teaching staff
  • Help, guidance and support
  • Quality notes and materials based on up to date examples
  • An interesting and relevant course for the future

Key Stage 4 Yr 11: GCSE Business Studies

This is a course delivered over two years. The course is run in conjunction with the Edexcel exam board. The course studies key business aspects such as:

  • External Environment - Why businesses exist
  • Business Organisation – eg sole traders, Public Limited Companies
  • Marketing – Price, place, promotion and product
  • Finance – Profit/Loss account, balance sheet and cash flow
  • Production – Methods of making goods and different costs
  • People in Business – Motivating workers, training, recruitment and selection 
  • Aiding and controlling Business – Consumer Laws, government grants

The course has 3 parts:

  • A multiple choice exam in Year 11 (25%)
  • A Controlled Assessment based on a business of your choice in Year 11 (25%)
  • An exam of multiple choice and written response questions at the end of Year 11 (50%)

Key Stage 4: Yr 10 GCSE Business

This is a course delivered over two years. The course is run in conjunction with the Edexcel exam board. The course studies key business aspects such as:

  • Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the business effective
  • Understanding external influences on a business
  • Growing the business
  • Making marketing decisions
  • Making operational decisions
  • Making financial decisions
  • Making human resource decisions

The course has 2 parts:

  • 1 x 1 hr 30 written exam on small businesses
  • 1 x 1 hr 30 written exam on building a business both sat at the end of yr 11

Key Stage 5: A Level Business

AS and A2 levels are studied over the two years in Sixth form. Current yr 13 students have followed an AS and A level pathway , whereas current yr 12 students are following a linear pathway. Both groups follow the OCR Business specification

The units covered are detailed below.

  • Introduction to Business
  • Business objectives and strategy
  • External Influences
  • Accounting and finance
  • Human resource management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management

The course has 3 parts:

  • 1 x 2 hour written exam on local business environment
  • 1 x 2 hour  written exam on UK business environment
  • 1 x 2 hour written exam on global business environment all assessed at the end of year 13

Btec National Extended Certificate

A legacy course for current Yr 13 students who are studying Unit 3 Finance and will be assessed in May 2018.