Business Studies and Economics

GCSE Business allows students to interact with their surroundings, form personal opinions and gain an understanding of how businesses of all sizes manage to progress, contribute and achieve their objectives in an ever changing and dynamic environment. In order to engage students into being able to make decisions and have an opinion on how a businesses should develop, we initially focus upon grammar, so that students are able to confidently engage in the rhetoric of the subject and articulate their ideas through well developed and thought out dialectic. In an environment that is becoming increasingly dominated by large businesses, it is increasingly important that we enable students to see a balanced view of the benefit of commerce. Throughout the course, ethics, externalities and the environment underpins many talking points so students do not see businesses solely as profit making machines, but also for their responsibilities to society. Business Studies enables students to be ready for work, study and with a strong analytical mind that can take a balanced view of the world.

We offer students a critical approach to business studies at KS5, aiming to really develop their academic capabilities and skills. Students are encouraged to question, enticing debates and bringing in real opinions whilst also challenging students’ preconceptions about certain concepts. For example, the teaching of business ethics challenges the idea of businesses merely operating for profit and students’ further reading and research informs them to challenge just how ethical some businesses are. This criticality embedded throughout the course allows students to excel in higher education.

In Economics, students are developed throughout the course to give them a clear understanding of the fundamental forces in the economic environment which affect our lives such as employment, prices, international trade and poverty. As Economics is usually a new course to students, the initial focus is on the grammar of the topic, allowing students to fully understand key terms and concepts that they may have experienced in real life but have never been fully aware of. Students are then able to apply new concepts to different contexts.   Students are actively encouraged to complete independent tasks and keep up to date with relevant news, something which they bring into the classroom through structured debates, team based competitions and question and answer sessions. All of these activities allow students to develop a critical approach to the subject, a skill that will not only help in their final exam but throughout their future choices as well.

Course Contacts

Head of Faculty:

Miss I. Wright  ( )

Head of Business: 

Mr T. Mansfield  ( )


Mr C. McGowan  ( )

Mrs A. Blakeley  ( )

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Key Stage 4 Curriculum Map


You will study six topics: 

Year 10

Business Activity - the nature of business activity and how it is concerned with meeting the needs of customers by providing a product or service

Influences on Business - the importance of external influences on business and how businesses change in response to these influences.

Marketing - marketing involves identifying, anticipating and satisfying customer needs in a profitable way.

Year 11

Business Operations - what business operations involve, their role within the production of goods and the provision of services, and how they influence business activity.

Human Resources - enables you to understand how a business can manage its most important asset – staff.  You will look specifically at how a business recruits, organises, motivates and pays the people.

Finance - will equip you with the tools you will need to manage the financial aspects of a business. Sources of finance, costs and accounting tools will be studied in this topic.


How you will be assessed: 

Paper 1: Business Dynamics  (62.5% of GCSE).  Two hour examination worth 100 marks. A mix of short answer and structured questions based on stimulus material covering all of the specification content.

Paper 2: Business Considerations (37.5%).  One and a half hour examination worth 60 marks.  Data 
response questions covering all of the specification content