Business Studies

“Great things in business are never done by one person.  They’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs

KS3 Curriculum:

Business studies is introduced in KS3 to build a foundation for KS4 knowledge.
Year 7: Skills Builder challenge to introduce them to marketing and branding
Year 8: Skills Builder challenge to introduce entrepreneurship
Year 9: Business planning, Marketing and Human resources are introduced if the students opt to take Business in year 9


KS4 Curriculum:

Based on individual student choices and learning styles there are two courses available in Business Studies

OCR GCSE Business Studies
The great thing about this qualification is that it gives learners a more in-depth look into how business works. Additionally, this utilises analytical, evaluative and investigative skills.   This prepares students well for further study or employment. Students develop their knowledge and application in People in Business, Marketing and Enterprise and Production, Finance and External Business Environment.

NCFE Business Studies
During NCFE Business students will complete two units of study. They will study Business planning, Finance, Customer Service and Marketing. They will use a range of assessment methods to showcase their work including presentations, reports, podcasts and leaflets.

This is a vocationally related qualification with an element of external assessment. Assessment is through external examination worth 40% and a synoptic internally assessed element worth 60%. 


KS5 Curriculum:

Building on their knowledge from KS4 or a new interest in Business Studies students can study.

A Level Business Studies (AQA)
Students will complete the following units: What is Business, Managers Leadership and Decision making, Marketing, Operations, Finance and Human Resources. All units are studied in context to various businesses and are delivered with the theme of Business decision making.

BTEC Business
This course is offered as a single or double award. 
For this course students will complete three mandatory units in year 1. The units they will cover are:

Exploring Business, Developing a Marketing Campaign and Personal & Business Finance.

Optional units will then be studied in year 2 alongside two mandatory units if studying the double award.  Units are as follows:

  • International Business
  • Principles of Management
  • Recruitment and Selection Process
  • Planning an event
  • Training and Development


Mrs A Merchant – Head of Business & Computing Faculty

Mr J Bennetts – Assistant Curriculum Leader

Mrs J Flynn – part-time

Mrs D Hallam – Assistant Headteacher

Mrs J Johnson – Assistant Curriculum Leader

Mrs L Robb – part-time

Mr M Wilkinson