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Business Studies

Key Stage 3 - Business Enterprise
In order to prepare students for GCSE Business Studies we offer an introductory course in Year 9 which runs for approximately 10 weeks, where students have the opportunity to look at the qualities and skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur. We also study the different types of business ownership and how they can be financed. A study into general business themes and how our nation’s businesses interact with both their stakeholder and shareholder groups.

This introductory course in Year 9 offers opportunity to our pupils that better equips them to make an informed decision when selecting their GCSE options.

GCSE Business
GCSE Business Studies is a popular choice at Key Stage 4. It gives students in-depth knowledge and understanding of the world of small businesses. The course is designed to take them through from start-up to expansion. In both years they study finance, marketing, globalisation, human resources; as well as looking at how we, as a country, interact with the wider world. The economic climate is also studied throughout and how small businesses make decisions based on current affairs.

The course is broken into two different themes. Theme 1 is taught in Year 10 and Theme 2 in Year 11. There are two written examinations taken at the end of Year 11 – one for each theme.

Course breakdown


 Investigating a small business


Building a business

Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice

Topic 1.4 Making the business effective

Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business.

Topic 2.1 Growing the business

Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions

Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions

Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions

Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions.

More information can be found on the GCSE business curriculum can be found here -