Business Studies


In choosing Business Studies, you will have taken an important step towards your future in the real world of work. Business Studies continues to be a popular choice for students from Year 9 to Year 10.

Whether you aim to go onto Higher Education or straight into the world of work, or even just find out a bit more about it in Year 9, Business Studies will enable you to discover not only the theory of Business, but also how it works in the real world.

Whatever course you are one, you will be involved in both classroom activities and research into real organisations. You will be expected to use a varied range of sources of information such as interviews with people employed in the world of business, the Internet, publications as well as textbooks in order to develop your understanding of Business Studies in the real world. Students also benefit from knowledgeable staff and excellent resources.

During Year 9, students are introduced to the world of business, providing them with the skills and knowledge needed to equip them with the demands of GCSE Business in Year 10

At KS5, we offer the popular BTEC L3 Certificate and Extended Certificate, along with the LIBF Certificate and Diploma in Financial Studies.

By Choosing Business Studies, you will:

Gain a broad understanding of business and be able to study selected areas in more depth

  • Develop skills, knowledge and understanding in business
  • Have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way
  • Follow a programme of study which enables progression to both higher education and employment within business
  • Develop personal, learning and thinking skills, which are highly valued by employers and universities
  • Gain confidence through developing independent learning skills

Year 9

During Year 9, students are introduced to a range of Business Studies topics, through a number of hands on and practical research projects and activities. In addition, students also have the opportunity to develop some of the key knowledge and skills that are vital to progress and succeed if they chose GCSE Business in Year 10.

Students are actively encouraged to develop their research skills and understanding of the real world of business by researching a range of real businesses, that will help them develop an understanding of some of the main topics we will cover on the GCSE Business course.

Year 10 & 11

Students may not have studied business before taking GCSE Business, but that does not matter. This course is for students that have an interest in business and/or want to start their own business one day. They may have an enquiring mind and be interested in learning about the world around them, how businesses are set up, and what it is that makes someone a great entrepreneur.

This course is both active and enjoyable. Students will need to be good at communicating and explaining their ideas, and not afraid of learning new things and working with numbers to solve business problems. They will learn how to be a creative thinker and how to make decisions. What’s more, they will also learn about the world of business through research and investigation, as well as through practical tasks.

Theme 1: Investigating small business

Theme 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business. In this theme students will be introduced to local and national business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions.

Theme 2: Building a business

Theme 2 examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with an emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. It also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows. In this theme students will be introduced to national and global business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions.

Years 12 & 13

The BTEC Level 3 Business qualification has been developed to provide students with the opportunity to enter employment in the business sector or to progress to higher vocational qualifications such as BTEC Higher Nationals in Business, help develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

The specification is designed to appeal to students interested in a career in business. The core units in the qualification give students an introduction to and understanding of the business environment, management of resources, marketing and communication – all fundamental to the success of business organisations.

The structure of the qualification allows a great deal of choice and flexibility. The flexibility of the specification gives students opportunities for imaginative, innovative and creative curriculum planning and delivery. The course also addresses sector needs and skills gaps such as in the finance, administration and management areas.

Mr Banfield

Mr Banfield

Head of Business
Mr Brown

Mr Brown

Geography & PE
Mr Holding

Mr Holding

Head of Careers