Business Studies

Business Studies concentrates on students developing a good understanding of how businesses are set up and run; how they make their decisions and how they are affected by the world around them.

All aspects of business life are covered – from marketing, advertising, accounting and finance, production, to people at work and the social responsibilities of multi–national corporations. By studying business, students will appreciate how businesses operate in a dynamic and competitive environment, they will lean to think commercially and creatively to demonstrate business acumen to make informed decisions and solve business problems.


Students will use ICT to support their learning and develop practical skills through group presentations and data analysis.

KS4 Curriculum

Students can choose to study GCSE Business Studies.

GCSE Business is a two-year course. The course is broken down into six units of work:

  1. Business Activity
  2. Influences on business
  3. Business operations
  4. Finance
  5. Marketing
  6. Human resources

At the end of the course there are two written exams

Paper 1: Business Dynamics (2hours) Total marks: 100
A mix of short answer and structured questions based on stimulus material covering all of the specification content

Paper 2: Business Considerations (1 hour 30 minutes) Total marks: 60
Data response questions covering all of the specification content.

Exam board


KS5 Curriculum

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Homework is set weekly and provides opportunities for students to apply the theory they learn in school to real life business scenarios to demonstrate understanding.

Extra-curricular activities

There will be opportunities over the course to participate in visits, business enterprise challenges and take part in workshops led by guest speakers.

Curriculum Map

Curriculum Map – Business Studies