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Business Studies

Business Studies is a diverse and exciting subject which provides challenge and a practical focus.  Students have the opportunity to explore the wide range of segments which make up the world of business.  In addition to the study of the business theory students have the opportunity to develop skills in problem-solving and team work.  Students study OCR GCSE Business Studies (J253)

Year 9

Students have the opportunity to embark on a GCSE qualification in Business Studies.  The course starts with the study of Business and People.  It looks at the need for business activity, the structure of the business and the different types of ownership. Students will then have the opportunity to look at employment and retention.  They will consider key questions such as ‘What motivates people?’, ‘How do companies retain their staff?’, ‘Why are staff a valuable asset?’ The topic of the workforce is developed through the study of the organisation and communication, here students will have the opportunity to look at the functional areas of the business and analyse and discuss how and why work patterns for business and employees are changing. 

This unit is worth 25% of the overall qualification and is examined in a one hour exam at the end of Year 11.

Business Studies KS4

We have two options within Business: GCSE or Technical Award.

The Technical award consists of Business Theory (as below), but the assessment is different. The Technical award is 75% coursework, 25% external exam on Finance.

GCSE Course Content - WJEC board

This course offers you an insight into the world of business using knowledge-based exercises and simulated situations. The course follows the following aspects of business:

Business ownership

Aims and objectives of a business Location issues

Marketing Finance

People in Business

Operations and Customer Services


Covering all the main basic topics students should be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. The course will allow them to make informed decisions about learning opportunities and career choices.

The students will sit one exam at the end of Year 10. It is a 2 hour exam that covers all topics studied and will make up all of their final GCSE grade.

Activities & Learning Experiences

Knowledge and understanding will be achieved through notes, discussions, worksheet tasks, and case study activities which will be completed in class and for homework.


Business Studies is an academic subject and you will be expected to take notes in class and pay full attention. Homework is set once a week and will extend and build upon your existing knowledge. You will be expected to use your business skills and imagination to solve real life business problems.

Opportunities at the end of the course

A-level in Business Studies and College courses can help lead you straight into many full-time employment jobs.

Success and interest in this area will allow you to develop your studies further in our Sixth Form .

Course Leader Mrs P Hall

Head of Faculty for Business Studies, Computing and ICT 

Year 10

Marketing and Enterprise is the focus for this year.  Students have the opportunity to investigate the Marketing Mix.  They will look at market research and the role it plays in in the development of products.  Students will understand SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis in a marketing context.  Marketing in the wider business environment will allow students to develop knowledge and understanding of customer service, e-commerce and ethical issues.

Year 10 is assessed through controlled assessment which is worth 25% of the final grade.

Year 11

Production, finance and the external business environment make up the final module, this is an examined module and worth 50% of the final grade.  The module is set around a case study giving the students the opportunity to prepare for this exam.  They will look at the methods and costs of production.  Following on from this they will have the chance to explore the financial aspects of business.  The final aspect of the course looks at the Government and UK economy and also at the effect that Globalisation has on UK Business.

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Mrs Hall – Head of Business, ICT and Computing

Mr Abbotts – Business Teacher and Head of Year 10

Mr Ward – Business Teacher