Business Studies

Head of Department
Miss L A Tombs

Key Stage 3


There is no Business Studies at Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4


GCSE Business Studies
WJEC Exam board


This course is designed to deepen candidates’ understanding of the way in which businesses operate in a dynamic, changing and competitive environment.


The present scheme is assessed through an external examination and controlled assessment. External assessment accounts for 75% of the marks and controlled assessment for 25% of the marks. This is a linear specification in which all assessments must be taken at the end of the course.

Key Stage 5


NEW for 2016
BTEC Level 3 National Foundation & Extended Diploma in Business
Level 3 (Equivalent to 3 A Levels)
Mode: Full Time

This course is designed for people who which to progress into either university study or higher apprenticeships. BTEC Nationals have always required applied learning that brings together knowledge and understanding with practical and technical skills. This is achieved through learners performing vocational tasks that encourage the development of appropriate vocational behaviours and transferable skills.


The course will blend classroom learning with self directed study and organised excursions that will help and support your learning.

You will also be required to research, plan and execute events that will give you realistic experience in the work of business.


Topics that you will study in the first year are:

  • Exploring Business
  •  Developing a Marketing Campaign
  •  Personal and Business Finance
  • Managing an Event
  •  Investigating Customer Service
  • Work Experience


Entry Requirements:
4 or more GCSEs at Grade C including Maths and English, however, lower grades are considered on a case by case basis.


You will need to complete an application form and attend an interview which will give you an opportunity to ask detailed questions about the course. For further details contact Lacey Tombs on 01803 328725 or


Mathematics Grade A* – C


The Course
The course is linear Students that progress onto the full A level do not carry forward marks from Year 12; they are examined on all of the AS material that was covered in year 12 as well as new material from year 13 in the 3 examinations at the end of the course. Students that study the subject only to AS will be accredited with the qualification at the end of year 12.

  •  What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  •  Decision making to improve marketing performance
  •  Decision making to improve operational performance
  •  Decision making to improve financial performance
  •  Decision making to improve human resource performance
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business (A-level only)
  • Choosing strategic direction (A-level only)
  •  Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies (A-level only)
  • Managing strategic change (A-level only)

EXAMS (all written – no coursework element)
AS (50% per exam): Business 1 1hour 30mins Business 2 1 hour 30mins
A2 (33.3% per exam): Business 1 2 hours Business 2 2 hours Business 3 2 hours
Supporting Subjects:
Application, Analysis and Critical judgment through business decision making supports most subjects.
Some Career Opportunities:
Accountancy, Law, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Media, Economics and Politics

Department Resources Available:

GCSE – Revision handbooks on Google classroom

BTEC – All assignments and resources available on Google classroom

Extra-Curricular Activities Offered:

GCSE Revision year 11 Tuesday lunchtimes J1