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Business Studies (GCSE and BTEC)

In recent years, Business Studies has become an increasingly popular subject choice at Key Stage 4.

The Business & Economics department endeavours to make the students’ learning experience as real, applicable, relevant, varied and interesting as possible. Students are encouraged to learn by using local and national business, the media, Internet, their friends and family.


As well as the core issues, Business helps to develop many important skills, such as numeracy, literacy, ICT, problem solving, information collecting, as well as analytical, evaluative and social skills. Students partake in a considerable amount of group study, practical activities and project work.


The sum of Business is far greater than simply its parts. All young people are stakeholders in society and as each individual enters the world of work, continues onto further education or even chooses to run their own business, all will take up their role in the global community. All will have the right to vote within a few years time. Social and environmental issues already affect them, as does the government’s provision of services. Thus, in dealing with these issues, Business is a hugely important, relevant and useful course to young people.


We are now able to offer two different routes to qualifications in Business/Economics Studies and related areas. We will put on a combination of these courses to best suit the students who want to study a subject in this area.

The ‘Business GCSE’ adds value to an already popular and important subject and provides a more academic approach to an already challenging course.


a) Business GCSE

aimed at those who may consider continuing to AS/A2.
We offer Business & Economics GCSE. The recent development within the curriculum area has meant that all coursework will be removed and replaced with controlled assessment assignments with a free choice of presentation method to allow students to really demonstrate their skills and knowledge.


This course will encourage learners to actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. It will allow students to use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements and develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.

Over the duration of the course the students learn about key aspects of the world of business and consider their role within this arena. Students study such areas as the business environment, enterprise, business activity, human resource management, finance, marketing and economics (interest rates, GDP, fiscal policy, monetary policy, inflation, recessions, consumer spending and exchange rates).


b) BTEC First Certificate in Business / GCSE in Applied Business*

aimed at those wishing to enter the workplace or possibly AS Business Studies.

A level 2 course equivalent so that successful students have a qualification which counts as a GCSE pass in the A-C range. This leads to a nationally recognised vocational qualification which prepares students for work in the business sector or to progress to higher level qualifications.

Assessment is based largely on work that the students produce during the course – one unit will take the form of an online controlled assessment, with the remaining involving the production of a portfolio of work. The two core units are ‘Enterprise in the Business World’ and ‘Finance for Business’ (which begins to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of businesses and how they operate). The further mandatory unit is ‘Principles of Marketing’ and like the majority of BTEC work, will work towards the student’s portfolio. Other units will be chosen from a variety of optional specialist units and all involve portfolio work.


*depending on the cohort and curriculum demands, an Applied GCSE might replace the BTEC in 2014/15.