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Business Studies

Staffing and Role:

Mrs Edward-Boyce Head of Business Studies
Mr Khawaja Teacher of Business Studies

Vision Statement:

Through studying Business, we aim to develop students understanding of the business environment and arm them with the skills they will need to succeed in the world of business as either entrepreneurs or employees. Throughout this process, we will develop creative thinking, application of content and a passion for business amongst our students and encourage them to explore the opportunities business can offer them.

KS4 Curriculum

Students will study the Edexcel 9-1 Business Course. The course is assessed as two examinations

Theme 1: Investigating Small Business:

Concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business.

  • Written examination – 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 50% of the qualification


Theme 2: Building a Business:

Examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with an emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. It also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows.

  • Written examination – 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 50% of the qualification

Course Outline

Students will have the opportunity to develop as enterprising individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively to demonstrate business acumen and draw on evidence to make informed business decisions and solve business problems. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to take part in their own business ventures through initiatives, such as the £1 Investment Challenge.

Students will develop their understanding on a range of business-related topics. They will look at financial areas of a business, customer service, aims and objectives, invention and innovation, functional areas and marketing, in the hope that they can progress in many directions; directly into employment or into further education and beyond.   

Useful resources and reading:

  • Revision guide: CGP: New GCSE Business Complete Revision and Practice - for the Grade 9-1 Course (with online edition)
  • Current news articles covering a breadth of subject related topics
  • Television Programmes: The Apprentice, Dragon Dens and other similar programmes which look at the operations of businesses e.g. Inside The Factory, 150 years of Sainsbury's.

Extra-Curricular Activities:

£1 Investment Challenge

Investors Challenge Portfolio (GCSE)

Quotes from Students:

I can't wait to make my first £100,000,000 

I never would had thought the world of business would be so engaging. 

Additional Costs:

Revision guides and workbooks will be available to purchase.

For more information, please contact Mrs Edward-Boyce