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Business Studies

Business Studies is taught as a GCSE option in Years 10 and 11 and at A Level in Years 12 and 13.

Throughout the course, students will gain the opportunity to study and investigate real life business case studies and apply them to all aspects of their academic and personal lives.

The Department also offers Young Enterprise as an extra-curricular option. This provides students with the opportunity to set up and run their own company for the year.  Students follow the ‘Company Programme’, where students make all the decisions about their company, from deciding on the company name and product to creating a business plan, managing the company finances, selling to the public at trade fairs to ultimately winding up the company and paying their taxes. All this takes place with the support of a dedicated member of staff and an external business adviser.


Main Topics Covered

Year 10

Edexcel GCSE specification followed

Investigating small businesses

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship

  • Spotting a business opportunity

  • Putting a business idea into practice

  • Making the business effective

  • Understanding external influences on business

Year 11

Building a business

  • Growing a business
  • Making marketing decisions
  • Making operational decisions
  • Making financial decisions
  • Making human resource decisions

Year 12

Marketing and people

  • Meeting customer needs
  • The market
  • Marketing mix and strategy
  • Managing people
  • Entrepreneurs and leaders

Managing business activities

  • Raising finance
  • Financial planning
  • Managing finance
  • Resource management
  • External influences

Year 13

Business decisions and strategy

  • Business objectives and strategies
  • Business growth
  • Decision-making techniques
  • Influences on business decisions
  • Assessing competitiveness
  • Managing change

Global Businesses

  • Global markets and business expansion
  • Global marketing
  • Global industries and companies
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