Business Studies Department

Business Studies staff: Mrs T Jarvis 

Business Studies is a subject which offers students the chance to relate theory to the ‘real working world’, providing opportunities to learn through planned lessons and visits, talks, practical projects and coursework to put them in the business mindset. We aim to develop a critical understanding of organisations and their behaviour. We want students to study different perspectives and acquire a range of skills, including decision-making, thinking and problem solving through analysis and evaluation. Our main objective is to enrich each student's learning experience and equip them with the initial business awareness and people skills that they will value and take with them beyond their success in public exams.

We ensure that throughout years 10 to 13 students have the chance to see businesses in action as well as to participate in whole day events such as Green Dragons, where Year 10 students have the chance to show their entrepreneurial flair, and the Nat West Face 2 Face event, during which students learn about business finance. Visits include Cadbury World (Year 10 Marketing), BMW (Year 11 Production), Thorpe Park (Year 12/13 Marketing and Human Resources).

We work together to make lessons interactive and personalized. The overall aim of our department is to ensure students are able to achieve their targets and go beyond the level of which they thought they were capable.

Business Studies Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11

Exam Board:   AQA

Specification: GCSE Business Subjects and Economics 4130

In year 10 students will study four different modules:

  • Starting a business
  • People in business
  • Finance
  • Marketing

They will start their research for the controlled assessment towards the end of the next year, which is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.

In year 11 students will study a further four modules:

  • Finance for large businesses
  • Business organisations
  • People in businesses
  • Operations management

They will complete their controlled assessment.

Business studies is assessed as follows:

Written paper 1 - Setting up a business - 40% of the marks
Written paper 2 - Growing as a business - 35% of the marks
Controlled assessment - Investigating businesses - 25% of the marks

Business Studies Key Stage 5

Sixth Form

Exam Board:  AQA

Specification: Business studies 1131 and 2131

The course introduces students to the operation of modern business enterprises. Each feature of a firm is studied with particular emphasis placed on the ability to analyse how firms are affected in different business situations.

Students do not need to have studied the subject at a lower level but they need a keen interest in the business environment and business issues generally. In particular students need:

  • An interest in how business works
  • An ability to learn key business terms
  • The skills to analyse and evaluate issues and question concepts and theories
  • An interest in people management and identifying business solutions

Course content

The key modules studied are as follows:

For AS

  • Starting a business
  • Financial planning
  • People in business
  • Operations management
  • Marketing and the competitive edge

For A2

  • Functional objectives and strategies
  • Financial strategies and accounts
  • Marketing strategies
  • Operational strategies
  • Human resource management
  • Business environment
  • Managing change

 Assessment at AS

Unit 1 - 1 hour 15 minutes - 20% of the total A level - short answer questions and extended responses based on mini case studies

Unit 2 - 1 hour 30 minutes - 30% of the total A level - compulsory, mmulti-part data response questions

Assessment at A2

Unit 3 - 1 hour 45 minutes - 20% of the total A level - questions requiring extended answers based on unseen case study drawing upon knowledge from AS units

Unit 4 - 1 hour 45 minutes - 25% of the total A level - pre-release research tasks leading to the first section of a two section examination. The second section will consist of a choice of essays. All questions will be essay style and synoptic, therefore drawing upon knowledge from all units.

What does the course combine well with?

Business studies combines especially well with economics, with many students choosing to take both. ICT also complements business studies, as many business activities involve the use of business software such as spreadsheets and databases.

Where does this course lead?

Many students choose to continue studying business studies at university either in the pure form, or in combined courses. Courses ranging from marketing, economics, management, retailing, enterprise, finance, and accountancy all draw heavily on the concepts taught in A level business studies. The subject is also proving increasingly popular as a subsidiary component of more specialist degress ranging from engineering to foreign languages (the latter also allowing for studying abroad). Overall business studies can be considered an ideal course to introduce students to the issues and problems businesses face in the real world, providing a useful basis to enter almost any occupation in the private sector.