Business Curriculum


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the concept of the real business world and how different contexts affect business decisions and their strategic approach.
  • Develop their economic well-being and become independent and enquiry based learners.
  • Develop & apply investigation skills and the ability to justify their own decisions through the application of appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding.

Year 9, 10, 11

QUALIFICATION: BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise (Level 1/2)

What will I learn?
Within this subject you will develop the key enterprise, promotional and financial skills and knowledge necessary to enable you to understand how businesses recognise opportunities and build on them to succeed. You will understand how a business makes and manages its money, the necessary skills needed by entrepreneurs and how it plans for the future. You will also gain an understanding of various marketing concepts, customer service, sales, retail business and promotion.

How will I learn?
Evidence for assessment may be generated through a range of diverse activities, including assignment and project work, case studies, role play and presentations. This will reflect the nature of work within the business sector by encouraging students to research real businesses/entrepreneurs or in simulated working conditions.

How will I be assessed?
You will complete two internally assessed units and one externally assessed exam.

Unit 1: Exploring Enterprises Internally assessed
Unit 2: Planning for and running an Enterprise Internally assessed
Unit 3: Promotion & Finance for Enterprise External and Synoptic

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
BTEC Enterprise provides a good introduction to post 16 business courses. Both BTEC and A-Level courses in this subject and others are possible progression routes. There are a very wide range of complementary higher education courses too. Level 3 courses can prepare students for apprenticeships or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in the business sector. This course also provides a route to employment into many diverse areas of business, including roles in specialist areas such as marketing, finance, customer service or human resources in large businesses, or more generic roles in a small, local business.

Year 12, 13

QUALIFICATION: A-Level Business (7132)

Why study Business Studies?
An A-level business studies helps you to develop a number of skills: how to assemble data and assess it; how to investigate facts and use deduction; how to present your point of view fluently and how to work as a team to achieve results. Business studies focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s employers demand.

What will I learn?
The A-Level Business course introduces you to all you need to know about working in business, providing a solid foundation for further study. Students will focus on decision making in the main areas of a business; marketing, finance, human resources etc. Students will also cover strategic decision making within a business and how to choose what strategies to take.

How will I learn?
The content of this course will be covered in depth through classroom teaching, discussion and tutorials to assist students understanding. Real life businesses and current issues will be examined on a regular basis. Students will be expected to carry out research inside and outside of lessons and will therefore work independently as well.

How will I be assessed?
You will sit three 2 hour exams.

Paper 1 has three sections with a variety of assessment methods including multiple choice, short answer questions and essay questions.
Paper 2 consists of 3 compulsory data response questions.
Paper 3 is a compulsory case study that consists of approximately six questions.

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9 – 4 (or equivalent) including English and Maths

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Business Studies uses skills that are desirable to a number of related degree courses and options. For example, Economic, Marketing, Business Management, Human Resource Management and Accountancy. It can lead to employment in any business related area. In addition Business Studies is accepted as an A Level qualification, alongside others, allowing access to a wide range of non-business related higher education courses.