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 7 Business Enterprise

What will I learn?

Half Term 1: What is a business? Goods and services. Entrepreneurs.

Half Term 2: Business sectors, chain of production, generating & protecting business ideas.

Half term 3: Aims & objectives, public & private sector, internal/external recruitment and applying for jobs.

Half Term 4: Specialisation, interdependence, international trade.

Half Term 5: The Government, BREXIT, laws & sentencing.

Half Term 6: Market research project.


Year 8 Business Enterprise

What will I learn?

Half Term 1: Entrepreneurs and the type of business ownerships.

Half Term 2: Types of promotion and developing own campaign with justifications.

Half term 3: Personal finance including interest rates and making simple and compound interest calculations.

Half Term 4: The awareness of what payday loans are and the consequences of using them. Payslips and the type of deductions that are made.

Half Term 5: Business finance: revenue, types of costs, how to calculate total costs. Breakeven analysis and creating breakeven graphs.

Half Term 6: Key knowledge on income statements and cash flow, forecasting, making simple calculations.


Year 9 Business Enterprise

What will I learn?

Half Term 1: How businesses adapted to Covid, Goods and Services, business sectors and Health & Safety

Half Term 2: motivation, leadership, business plans, recruitment

Half Term 3: Percentages, revenue, costs, Purchase orders, delivery notes


Year 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: Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Why study Business Studies?
Business studies focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s employers demand. The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study. It provides you with the ability to apply basic business concepts to a wider range of contexts. Business employers highly value those who are able to communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally and using electronic methods, this course provides all students with the opportunity to develop these skills.

What will I learn?
Students will gain an understanding about the different purposes of businesses, the external environment they operate in and how they need to be innovative to survive. Students will also develop their own marketing campaign and learn how to fund it as well as understanding the importance of managing their own money and all aspects of personal finance.

How will I learn?
BTEC Business students will apply their learning through practical assessments in the form of internally assessed assignments and externally assessed tasks and written exams. Assignments can include research, projects, investigations, presentations and role play. These will provide the necessary evidence for your coursework.

How will I be assessed?
BTEC Nationals are assessed using a combination of internal assessments, which are set and marked by teachers, and external assessments which are set and marked by the exam board.

  • Exploring Business – Internally assessed
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign – Externally assessed
  • Personal and Business Finance – Externally assessed

You will also study one unit from the following: (internally assessed)
Recruitment and Selection Process; Investigating Customer Service; Market Research; The English Legal System; Work Experience in Business

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9-4 (or equivalent).

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
The study of business at this level develops skills that are highly desirable to a wide range of related higher education and degree courses. For example: economics, marketing, business management, human resource management and accountancy.