Welcome to the Business Studies Department

Our Business department aims to give students a clear understanding of a wide range of business topics. We will build and develop students´ knowledge of the business world. Students will gain knowledge to understand the economic climate and system in which they live and work. We will equip them with the skills, knowledge and informed attitudes that will help them to be active members of their community.


Head of Business/ICT Mrs K Naylor
Teacher of Business/ICT Mr M Hazel

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Key Stage 4

Course title: BTEC First Award in Business

Course Overview: Students can choose to study Business as a choice subject at Key Stage 4. They will have three 1 hour lessons a week for two years where they will gain BTEC Level 2 First Award in Business. This qualification is the equivalent to 1 GCSE.

Key Areas Of Study: Units of work studied over the two years are:

  • Enterprise in the Business World - students will carry out an in-depth study of the trends  that affect businesses, will develop their own business idea based on their findings;
  • Finance for Business - external exam;
  • Promoting a Brands - students will investigate promotions run by businesses and then develop their own promotion for a chosen company;
  • Recruitment, Selection and Employment - this unit offers insight in the process that businesses go through to recruit the right person for the job.


  • 1 external online exam focusing on finance in business
  • 3 coursework units

Course Length: 2 years       

Progression to:

  • A level Business
  • BTEC Level 3 Business

Key Stage 5

Course title: BTEC National level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business

Course Overview  The structure of the course allows you to focus many areas of business. The course offers an introduction to how businesses run and develop, exploring marketing and an insight into starting a small business.  Students will study the course 4 hours a week over two years, and will gain the qualification Btec National level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business, this is equivalent to 1 A level.

Key Areas Of Study: Units studied over 2 years are

Year 12

  • Unit 1 Business Environment
  • Unit 2 Business Resources
  • Unit 3 An Introduction to Marketing

Year 13

  • Unit 4 Business Communication
  • Unit 13 Recruitment and Selection in Business
  • Unit 36. Starting a Small Business

Assessment: 100% coursework

Course Length: 2 years

Progression to: Many courses link in with business.

Course title: A level Business

Course Overview: This A level is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society – you will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology and business ethics, and globalisation is covered throughout the topics. Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment.

Key Areas Of Study:

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making.
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance.
  • Decision making to improve operational performance.
  • Decision making to improve financial performance.
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance.
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business.
  • Choosing strategic direction.
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies.
  • Managing strategic change.


Year 1

  • AS Paper 1 Exam (1hour 30min)
  • AS Paper 2 Exam based on a case study (1 hour 30 min)

Year 2

  • A2 Paper 1 Exam (2 hour)
  • A2 Paper 2 Exam based in three data response questions (2 hour)
  • A2 Paper 3 Exam based on a case study (2 hour)

Course Length: 2 years

Progression to: Many courses link in with business.

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