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The intent of the Business Curriculum

Business is relevant to all areas of working life, whether setting up your own business, or working in someone else’s business, the skills and concepts you learn in Business will be useful. Business teaches students how companies operate; how they affect and are affected by the competitive market environment and how to be successful and achieve their objectives.

How is the Business Curriculum implemented?

In Business we feel it is important to combine business theory with what is happening in the real world. Therefore, lessons will involve learning business methods and concepts, but importantly students will also do a certain amount of independent and group work. This may include research of real world examples or the application of business methods and concepts to business situations and scenarios.

  • Business in the real world - The purpose of business activity, the role of business enterprise and entrepreneurship, and the dynamic nature of business.
  • Influences on business - The importance of external influences on business and how businesses change in response to these influences.
  • Business operations – The methods of producing goods and the provision of services; how companies organise stock and ensure quality.
  • Human Resources – How companies recruit train and motivate staff and how this influences business activity.
  • Marketing – The purpose and methods used to research markets; how markets are segmented and how companies develop the 4 Ps of the marketing mix.
  • Finance – How companies finance business activities and how they use financial documents, concepts and calculations to make decisions.

Extended Learning is set in line with school policy – on a regular basis to consolidate and develop learning.

Curriculum Road Map - Business

Curriculum Sequencing Plan - Business

The impact of the Business Studies Curriculum at the end of Key Stage 4

How is it examined?

There are two examinations:

Paper 1: Influences of operations and HRM on business activity

  • Written Exam – 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 50% of GCSE
  • 90 marks

Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity

  • Written exam – 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 50% of GCSE
  • 90 marks

What Qualifications will I get? What could it lead to?

AQA Level 1/Level2 GCSE (9-1) in Business

From GCSE Business you might go on to study A-level Business or an A-level vocational Business course which would then allow you entry to college or university.

Career directions could include: Sales, Retail, Marketing, Accountancy, Personnel Management, Business Management, Administration or work in an office environment. Business Studies will also provide you with the basic skills for setting up your own business.


Business – A-Level Qualification

Examining Body:


Entry Criteria:

Ideally Grade 5 GCSE English Language and Grade 5 GCSE Mathematics

Course Leader:

Mr J Trenchard

Why? :

Entry numbers for Business and related subjects at university are growing more rapidly than for any other subject. This reflects its relevance to almost any career and progression to higher education particularly in Business, Accountancy, Marketing and Economics. Students should have a broad interest in current affairs and a specific interest in investigating and responding to practical problems. Business touches on a range of issues that arise in managing organisations of all kinds. As such it provides a sound and illuminating background to the world of business

Course Structure:

Theme 1: Marketing and People

• Meeting customer needs
• The market
• Marketing mix and strategy
• Managing people
• Entrepreneurs and leaders

Theme 2: Managing business activities

• Raising finance
• Financial planning
• Managing finance
• Resource management
• External influences

Theme 3: Business Decision and strategy Develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2
• Business objectives and strategy
• Business growth
• Decision-making techniques
• Influences on business decisions
• Assessing competitiveness
• Managing change

Theme 4: Global business Develops the concepts introduced in Theme 1
• Globalisation
• Global markets and business
• Expansion
• Global marketing
• Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

A Level Assessment Questions will be drawn from local, national and global contexts.
Paper 1 - 2 hours (35% of qualification) Themes 1 and 4
Paper 2 - 2 hours (35% of qualification) Themes 2 and 3
Paper 3 - 2 hours (30% of qualification) Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4

Extended Learning:

Regular extended learning tasks will include business case studies, research activities and exam practice questions. In addition, students are recommended to read a high quality newspaper on a regular basis.

Curriculum Road Map - Business


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