Welcome to the Business Studies department.


Head of Department: Mr G King

Teaching Staff:
Mrs L Coghill

Business Studies is a successful department and the subject is a popular option choice for students both at Key Stage 4 and A Level.

We are a relatively small department, staffed by teachers who have a wealth of practical business experience and a passion for the subject. We are based in A Block and both dedicated classrooms include a computer suite connected to the school network where students can carry out research for their coursework and independent study.

Key stage 4

Year 9 (from September 2017) AQA Business studies

Students will follow the new linear GCSE course which is assessed through two written exams at the end of Year 11. Topics include: The purpose and nature of business; business ownership types; business aims and objectives; legislation; external influences and detailed aspects relating to the four key functional areas of business (marketing, finance, operations and human resources)

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) Edexcel BTEC First Award in Business
Students in years 10 and 11 are following the BTEC course. This is assessed through three units of coursework, plus an on-screen exam lasting one hour. The exam is taken in Year 10 and may be re-taken in Year 11. The exam and each coursework unit are all worth 25% of the overall grade. The coursework units cover Business Planning (unit 1), Customer Service (unit 4) and Recruitment (unit 8). The exam covers Business Finance (unit 2).

Key Stage 5 AQA A Level Business Studies
Students follow the linear AQA A Level specification which is assessed through three written exams at the end of Year 13. There are ten topics:

1     What is business?
2     Managers, leadership and decision making
3     Decision making to improve marketing performance
4     Decision making to improve operational performance
5     Decision making to improve financial performance
6     Decision making to improve human resource performance
7     Analysing the strategic position of a business
8     Choosing strategic direction
9     Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
10   Managing strategic change



The exams all last two hours and each have a 33.3% weighting towards the final qualification.

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