Curriculum - Business Studies

Welcome to the Business Studies Department





The Department

Mr King

Subject Leader

Mrs Rowson

Ms Farmer

GCSE Business

Students apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. Students develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour.


Our specification requires students to draw on the knowledge and understanding to:


  • use business terminology to identify and explain business activity
  • apply business concepts to familiar and unfamiliar contexts
  • develop problem solving and decision making skills relevant to business
  • investigate, analyse and evaluate business opportunities and issues
  • make justified decisions using both qualitative and quantitative data including its selection, interpretation, analysis and evaluation, and the application of appropriate quantitative skills.


Subject content areas:


3.1 Business in the real world

3.2 Influences on business

3.3 Business operations

3.4 Human resources

3.5 Marketing

3.6 Finance



2 Exam papers are set and both are equally weighted, they are written exams lasting 1hr 45 minutes each and contain a mixture of multiple choice papers and a number of case study questions.


What skills will I need to be successful on this course?


The most important qualities are enthusiasm, determination and a keen interest in the business world. It would also be useful to have good English Language skills and some numerical skills. This is the more academic course of the Business courses offered.


Which other courses from other blocks does this subject combine well with?


No matter what job you go for or what University you may choose there will always be some part of our course, which is relevant. Therefore all subjects combine well with our joint course. In particular people with a language skill are in short supply in business and command good salaries. Business students have a wide range of courses and jobs open to them including Law, Accounts, Marketing, Business Management and ICT Management. You can of course go on and take your understanding further and opt A level Business Studies and A level Economics.

Exam board - Edexcel.


If you have any more questions please contact:


Mr King

Subject Leader

A-Level Business

Business AQA A Level Year 1 & 2


Business Studies covers a wealth of business related topics such as the types of ownership, finance, objectives, leadership styles, motivation and pay, marketing, accounting and stock and quality control, as well as the understanding of economics, society and law. It is is a particularly popular subject and extremely useful to study, even if it will not automatically lead to massive pay cheques or one's own business empire! It is also a subject that can be progressed at a later date, with many pupils going on to study the subject at university.


Business Studies is based on what happens in society and is therefore very practical in its approach.  The course aims to enable pupils to examine critically the aims, objectives and practice. Pupils have to come up with their own solutions and support them with well-reasoned argument.


Louise Farmer Head of Subject


Syllabus and Exams


Both AS and A2 students will consider on a local, national and international level:


• the importance of the context of business in relation to decision making

• the interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness

• the competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate

• the influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues

• the factors that might determine whether a decision is successful e.g. the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty

• how technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete

• the impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions

• use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making (including the interpretation of index numbers and calculations such as ratios and percentages).

A-Level Students will also take a wider strategic look at the business world including:

• the impact of technology on strategic decision making

• the influences of Corporate Social Responsibility, ethical and environmental issues on strategic decisions

• the difficulties in forecasting future trends

• the importance of assessing feasibility and risk when making strategic decisions

• the impact on stakeholders of strategic decisions and their response to such decisions.


Examination Requirements


There is a mix of final assessment methods including multiple choice questions, short answer questions, data responses and longer essays.


A Level Students sit the Business 1, Business 2 and Business 3 exams each lasting 2 hours. There is no requirement to have studied GCSE Economics or Business Studies before undertaking the AS or A Level course.


Examination specification


AQA Business

AS (7131)

A2 (7132)




Long Term Plan

Long Term Plans for Business Studies can be downloaded here.