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Business Studies

“My Model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each other’s negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. Great things in business are not done by one person, they are done by a team of people.” Steve Jobs, 2003

Our Philosophy

We believe that Business Studies is a fantastic aid in helping all to use evidence in making considered judgments. It should be taught by placing students in the position of real life decision makers rather than as mere recipients of business theory. Lessons should always be contemporary and challenging and ensure the students gain a genuine insight into the complexities of the business environment. All will learn to differentiate between powerful and superficial evidence which will help them to make reasoned judgments.

What we expect from our students

Our role is to facilitate learning and to build an effective partnership with students. You will already have many of the skills needed to succeed in this subject. The trick is now to apply them effectively in a new context. You will meet this challenge naturally if you are enthusiastic in lessons, act on constructive criticism and show patience when progress is slow.

Key Stage 4: GCSE Business Studies

This is a dynamic course which gives the students an overview of what happens in real world business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals, and businesses operating locally, nationally and globally. Students will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact a business’ behaviour. Within the teaching and learning of the GCSE Business course students will apply business concepts to familiar and unfamiliar contexts, learning to develop problem solving and decision making skills relevant to business. Students will also investigate, analyse and evaluate business opportunities and issues, often using quantitative data to support decisions.

Students will apply their knowledge and understanding to all aspects of business and covering subject area as diverse as;

  • The interdependent nature of business activity 
  • Influences on business
  • Business operations
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human resources

All of these topics are taught in such a way to provide students with the opportunity to understand how changing events in the dynamic business world impact on consumers, producers and government. This ensures that students do not learn business theories in a vacuum. Students are assessed through two written exams at the end of Year 11. Both have significant focus on the essential higher order skills of analysis and evaluation. GCSE Business Studies therefore is not only a sound introduction to studying the subject at a higher level but also represents a good way of developing important transferrable skills.

As previously stated the assessment of students is through two exams that are sat in Year 11.

Paper 1: Influences of operations and HRM on business activity

Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity

Key Stage 5: BTEC Business

Level of Study:

We offer two tiers of the Business course. Both are level 3 qualifications

  • BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA:  8 Units (equivalent to 2 A-Levels)
  • BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE: 4 Units (equivalent to 1 A-Level)


Description of Course

The BTEC National Diploma in Business is an 8 Unit course equivalent to 2 A-Levels. There is opportunity to complete the 1 A-level equivalent, EXTENDED CERTIFICATE, over the two year period.

These qualifications equip you with an understanding of the essential knowledge and skills needed to help you embark on a wide variety of business careers.

The courses are designed to be adaptable to your needs, interests and career aspirations. The topics that you will cover will include management and finance, international business, marketing and the business environments.


Skills Required

A commitment to hard work; the ability to undertake independent research, meet deadlines and work as part of a team.


Entry Qualifications

At least 5 GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics.


Method of Assessment

For the Diploma, there are 6 mandatory units, 3 mandatory units will be assessed internally and 3 mandatory units will be assessed externally. There will be 2 optional units.

You must complete all 3 mandatory internal units and achieve a pass or above in at least 2 units. Assessment of these units is through assignments which cover the grading criteria for the unit. A variety of assessment methods will be used including case studies, role plays, witness statements and presentations. The assignments will be based on realistic scenarios for learners to apply their knowledge and make maximum use of practical activities.

For the EXTENDED CERTIFICATE there are 3 mandatory units and 2 of these mandatory units will be assessed externally. There will be 1 optional unit.

You must complete and achieve pass or above in all 3 mandatory external assessed units. The styles of external assessment used for this qualification is:

  • Examination – 2 Hours, 100 Marks with examination taking place January, May/June •
  • Set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task. Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information.


Contact Name Mrs H Baatjies (Teacher I/C of BTEC Business)


Educational Progression and Career Opportunities

After this qualification, you can progress directly to employment; however it is likely that you will do so via higher study. Areas of employment include junior business roles in marketing, administration, finance, events management, HR, marketing and other related areas in the business sector, including higher apprenticeships.

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