Welcome to Business

Business studies is a subject which is very important to many people. The reason for this is that by being knowledgeable about how businesses operate help you to understand how the engine that drives the world’s economies works. We are all involved because we buy from businesses every day.

The business studies team are here to help you achieve you goals and aspirations. If you have ever dreamed of starting up your own business then the courses we provide can assist. From standard business structures, to setup costs, our courses provide a valuable insight into the everyday business and your role as the consumer.

Meet the team


Miss E Addy

Teacher of Business

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Overview of the Year for Business at Key Stage 4

Course: BTEC Level 2 First Award in Business

Exam Board: EdExcel

1 Exam: 15% *
*5 Coursework Units: 85%

Within Key Stage 4 students are taught a range of skills and knowledge allowing them to show their understanding of different business environments. This gives them the opportunity to:

  • Gain a broad understanding and knowledge of a vocational sector
  • Investigate areas of specific interest
  • Develop essential skills and attributes prized by employers, further education colleges and higher education institutions.

Units 1 and 2 are compulsory units whereby students must complete them before moving onto the optional units. Whilst 6 optional units are given above only 4 are taught, this is normally confirmed later in year with student feedback taken on board before making any decisions.

Overview of the Year for Business at Key Stage 5

Course: Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Business

Exam Board: AQA

Exams x 2: 35%
Assignments x 4: 65%

Within the extended certificate there are 4 pieces of coursework which students need to complete. All have an equal weighting whilst each contains its own challenges for the student. Due to government changes this is 2 year course whereby students will receive no credit should wish to leave after the first year.

Assignments and exams are carried throughout the two years.

Students will learn a range of skills throughout their time on the course through their study of the different business contexts such as:

  • practical skills: personal organisation and time management;
  • presentational skills: producing a business report; making an oral presentation
  • personal skills: initiative; creativity; perseverance; willingness to learn and progress
  • interpersonal skills: working in teams; discussing problems or issues; leading a team
  • cognitive skills: investigative and research skills; problem solving; decision-making; using theory to analyse a real organisation; planning a project.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr J Smith, Head of Department

This course is equivalent to a full A-Level carrying the same UCAS points. It is recommended that university course entry requirements are checked prior to choosing this course.

SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)