Business Studies is an exciting option to take at KS4. What did you see when you turned on the TV today? Listening to the radio? Driving to school? Walking into your local shop? Business is all around you. Businesses compete for your custom and try to persuade you to be brand loyal.

Business Studies will introduce the technical language of business and industry and encourage you to use your analytical and evaluative skills in solving business problems and making crucial decisions.

Which route?

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This course consists of three units:

  • Unit 1: Starting a Business (40%)
  • Unit 2: Growing a Business (35%)
  • Unit 3: Controlled Assessment (25%)

Unit 1 – students will study the following topics in Year 10:-

Starting a business

Marketing on a small budget

Finance for small businesses

People in business

Production techniques for small businesses

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Unit 2 – students will study the following topics for in Year 11:

How to grow a business
Marketing on a larger scale
Finance for growing businesses
People in business
Production for a growing business

Unit 3 – Controlled Assessment

This will be completed in the autumn term of Year 11 and involves investigating a local business.

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Student Feedback

Good teaching, I can understand the topic so far – Year 10 Business Studies student,

I have achieved great grades so it shows good teaching – Year 10 Business Studies student

Good marking, shown how to improve – Year 11 Business Studies student,

Resources are very helpful – Year 11 Business Studies student

All the things Miss gives us helps us a lot and makes me understand more – Year 11 Business Studies student

Results KS4

Business Studies students at The Polesworth School continue to perform above national average in their examinations and overall performance:

A*-C (Polesworth) A*-C (National)
2016 70% 66%
2015 79.5% 63%
2014 80.8% 65%
2013 77.9% 66.4%


Students will study the following units:

  • Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World
  • Unit 2: Finance for Business (External examination)
  • Unit 3: Promoting a Brand
  • Unit 8: Recruitment, Selection & Employment

Other than Unit 2, all of these units are internally assessed through student portfolio work.  Students can achieve a Pass (C), Merit (B), Distinction (A) or Distinction* (A*) in this BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Business.

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Who are the courses aimed at?

As an optional unit, students will not be required to have any prior knowledge, only the desire to excel in a new subject area.  Many students who study Business at GCSE continue their study into the Sixth Form and go on to university to higher education.  This course of study also applies itself for student to be better equipped to enter the world of work or to secure a place on an apprenticeship scheme.

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