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Business studies

business studies


Business Brilliance – creating a culture of excellence and inclusivity for all. 

An inclusive and positive learning environment which promotes enthusiasm for Business Studies in the real world, decision making and entrepreneurial qualities, through a use of academic and life skills. All pupils start at a level playing field and begin with foundational subject knowledge. A variety of business examples and case studies are used to ensure that all pupils can relate to subject content. Promoting life skills and an understanding of both personal and business finance to aid with decision making in the future.

We promote literacy and numeracy skills as well as building confidence with presenting, problem solving and evaluating big concepts.

There truly is not a more exciting time to study Business Studies at both GCSE and A Level. With the current changes to government, the economy, new legislation and rapid growth across industries from technology to fast fashion. This is a popular subject as pupils can relate to the content and apply throughout all stages of life and future careers.


Teaching staff

  • Miss Jasmine Hawkins: Lead of Business Studies
  • Mrs Natalie Sorrell - Teacher of Business for KS4 & KS5
  • Miss Lauren Harris-Jones - Teacher of BTEC Business
Business A Level - aqa

What’s it all about?

Business looks at how firms are organised and how they operate in the marketplace. Over the two years you will study how businesses make decisions to improve their performance in all areas including human resources, operations, marketing and finance. You will learn the practical skills that are needed to set up a business as well as learning to apply textbook theory to solve case study problems. In addition, a strong emphasis is placed upon learning about the current business environment along with exploring current business performance.

What topics are covered?


Year 12

Year 13

  • 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

All of the content from Year 12, plus:

  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business

How is the subject taught?

Note-making, discussion work, presentations, mind maps, practical problem solving, number crunching exercises, tests, case study scenarios, exam practice.

What do I need to be ‘good’ at this subject?

You need to be hard working and have an interest in topical issues both political and in the business world – this really is essential. To be able to perform at the highest level at A level requires a good understanding of real-world business examples. Confidence in using numbers is also very important.

What career or degree is it useful for?

Typical areas include accounting, advertising, law, marketing, civil service, self-employment, ICT, human resource management and, of course, teaching!

What do I need to get onto the course?

No prior knowledge of business is necessary, although it would be an advantage if you are comfortable with maths and if you have studied business previously. A grade 5 pass in maths and English is preferable.


What’s it all about?

Nationals in Business are one of the largest BTEC progression routes to higher education, providing an excellent introduction to the business sector and giving learners an edge when progressing to higher education and employment.

Achievement in the qualification requires a demonstration of depth of study in each unit, assured acquisition of a range of practical skills required for employment or progression to higher education, and successful development of transferable skills. Learners achieving a qualification will have achieved across mandatory units, including external and synoptic assessment.

How is the subject taught?

The qualification consists of two mandatory units (Exploring Business and Developing a Marketing Campaign), and optional units that will be launched part way through the course.

As this is a vocational qualification, you will be assessed via an exam and coursework. If you have studied Business before or would like to learn something different, this is a great option.


Unit 1:

Exploring Business

Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign

Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance

Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection Process

-Explore the features of different businesses and analyse what makes them successful

-Investigate how businesses are organised

-Examine the environment in which businesses operate

-Examine business markets

-Investigate the role and contribution of innovation and enterprise to business success

-Marketing principles, concepts and processes

-Analysing marketing information and data

-Developing a marketing campaign

-Personal finance

-Business finance

-How financial information and data can help you make a decision

-Examine how effective recruitment and selection contribute to business success

-Undertake a recruitment activity to demonstrate the processes leading to a successful job offer

- Reflect on the recruitment and selection process and your individual performance

What do I need to get onto the course?

There is no need to have previously studied Business in the past to take this course. It would be an advantage to have a grade 5 in English and Maths as some of the topics require strong literacy and numeracy skills.

Business Studies BTEC L3 Learning Journey