Why study Business?

Business Studies is based on real life situations and you will be given the opportunity to develop and understand the analytical and evaluative skills required to recognise and solve business problems.

The course content covers areas like brand loyalty, maximising profits, leadership, production and running your own business.  By the end of the course you will be able to use business language and terminology to answer questions like to following:

Why do CompareTheMarket.com use meerkats in their adverts?

Why are Gucci shoes so expensive?

How did Innocent Drinks’ owners conduct market research before setting up?

Is money the only reason why people work?

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.

GCSE Business Studies (9-1)

Course Structure/Content

Business 01: Business activity, marketing and people

Students are introduced to business concepts and issues concerning the activities of a business. They explore the purpose and role of a business from spotting an opportunity through to the growth of an established business. They also look at the role of marketing and human resources.

Business 02: Operations, finance and influences on business

Students take a closer look at the role of operations and finance in business activity. Operations include production processes, quality of goods and services, customer service, and working with suppliers. Finance covers its role, its sources, costs, profit and loss, cash and cash flow.

They also explore how business responds to external influences, such as ethical and environmental considerations, the economic climate and globalisation, and the interdependent nature of business



Method of assessment



Business 01 Written examination 50% Summer of Y11
Business 02 Written examination 50% Summer of Y11


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

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise

This course consists of 3 elements:

Component 1: Exploring Enterprises (30%, internal assessment)

Component 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity (30%, internal assessment)

Component 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise (40%, external examination)

This course is more of a vocational option for students, with more opportunity to apply what they learn to real life and local business scenarios as well as develop important skills needed for post-16 options I.e. information dissemination, presentation of information, analysis and evaluation of information.

Students can achieve:

Level 1 Pass, Merit or Distinction, Level 2 Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*