The Business Studies department encourages students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study, thereby gaining an insight into the wide world of business, employment and the economic environment in which students live and will grow into.

The department prides itself on not only delivering courses that allows students to develop academically, but ones that helps to foster and grow transferable skills which can later be applied to further education and the work environment. The Edexcel Business Studies courses offer a dynamic and well-rounded view of the business world which many past students have enjoyed and grown a passion for.

The department aims to develop students who:

  • actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds;
  • use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements;
  • develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts;
  • appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities;
  • consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.

This is achieved by using a rigorous approach to study, using a range of resources and well-developed schemes of work. These have the main intention of making the theory learned applicable to the real world, via the use of current and pertinent real life examples. Students are encouraged to work in a cooperative and collaborative manner which not only allows them to develop and share knowledge but also increase their confidence and ability to communicate

GCSE Business Studies

The course now follows a linear pathway in which students are assessed after the completion of two years’ study. The course specification is split into 3 units. These are as follows:

  • Unit 1 – Introduction to a Small Business – 45 minute multiple choice exam worth 25% of the final mark.
  • Unit 2 – Controlled Assessment, based on everything that is taught in Unit 1, worth 25% of the final mark.
  • Unit 3 – 1 hour 30 minute written exam worth 50% of the final mark.

Demand for the course is has consistently grown with students enjoying an academically challenging subject that allows them to develop their knowledge of the business world.


Who is the Subject for?

The world of business affects us all. Everyone comes into contact with businesses every day and what you could learn from the Business Studies course could help you with your everyday life. Furthermore skills such as lateral thinking will help you to be able to come up with strong solutions to everyday problems, as well as those that you face in other lessons. The GCSE will help you to understand how businesses work and will provide some excellent knowledge when you go into the wide world of work in the future.

If you:

Are able to look at problems from many perspectives and be creative with solutions.
Interested in the world of work and business.
Have an enquiring mind.
Interested in researching and coming into contact with real life local businesses.
Dedicated to achieving highly through hard work both inside and outside of lessons.

Then a GCSE in Business is for you.

No prior Business Studies course experience is required as long as you have an interest in the subject.