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Business Studies

What is taught? 

Have you ever wondered what skills you need to be successful in business? Or have you ever wondered why shops seem to know exactly what you want and when you want it? Then you have come to the right place! The faculty of Business and Computing recognises the importance that business and business enterprise plays in everyday life. GCSE Business Studies builds on the Key Stage 3 IT and Enterprise curriculum allowing our students to get a deeper understanding of how the world of business works. Over 3 years our learners learn a range of skills from marketing and design to calculating if they have made a profit or a loss. GCSE Business gives our students some real-life business experience. 


How is it taught? 

Taught twice weekly over three years, learners get the opportunity to look at both building a business from scratch and maintaining a successful one. They learn about the importance of location and relating to your customers through interactive materials that give our students the opportunity to see real-life scenarios with companies they recognise on a daily basis. Our learners are assessed by two 1h30m examinations at the end of year 11. The exam focuses on 5 key areas per paper: 

Paper 1 - Investigating small business 

●Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship 

● Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity 

● Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice 

● Topic 1.4 Making the business effective 

● Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business 

Paper 2 - Building a business 

● Topic 2.1 Growing the business 

● Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions 

● Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions 

● Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions 

● Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions 


What makes your subject unique? 

GCSE Business Studies allows you to understand why so many companies are successful. They give you the ideas to put your entrepreneurial skills the test. This gives our learners the unique opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to their own ideas and suggestions, allowing them to become the Lord Sugar of tomorrow. Our learners love the opportunity to apply their skills to companies that interest them. This mixture really makes Business Studies a unique subject!