There are two different business courses to choose from:
GCSE Business & BTEC Level 2 First Award in Business. For information on the BTEC course please click here.
In business studies GCSE you will study topics in the following areas:
The Business Environment- You will learn about the different types of businesses and who owns them, those people who are influenced by these businesses and how they all can influence the decisions that all businesses have to make, such as where to produce or sell, price of their products, and where should they be made.
Marketing- How do businesses find out who their customers are, what products they want, who their competitors are? We learn about the life of a product from design, production, introduction and growth, and the 4 vital components of the marketing mix: product, price, promotion and place.
People (Human Resources)- You will learn how businesses recruit the right staff, train and keep them working well. In addition, you will learn about different organisational structures and employment law.
Business Operations- You will learn about the different production methods used to make everyday products you might buy, such as iPods, pizzas, clothes, cars, etc., and the importance of producing quality products in the most efficient manner to save costs but achieve a good sale price.
Finance- Including how businesses get the money to set up and operate and how they make a profit. You will also learn about the financial statements all businesses have to produce and how they can inform about the financial state of businesses.
Influences on Business- Including consideration of the environment and the economic climate. You will also consider the ever increasing importance of ethics on the public image of a business.
Two written exam papers completed at the end of year 11.
Paper 1 – Business Activity, Marketing and People – worth 50% - 1hr 30 minutes
Paper 2 – Operations, Finance and Influences On Business – worth 50% - 1hr 30 minutes
Be part of the Action
Business makes the world go round.
It creates wealth.
Economies depend on it.
The profits that businesses make finance the public services.
The UK, in particular, has a strong enterprise culture – and young people play a key role in this. In the last year, around 70,000 young people started new businesses in England and Wales. To do that successfully, you need essential business skills and understanding.
All employers value individuals who understand what business is all about and how it works, who have qualities like self-motivation and flexibility and who can work well in a team and communicate effectively. In return, there are exciting global opportunities, rewarding careers and high salaries for the most successful young people.
Who Should Apply for these Courses?
are prepared to work hard;
are good at writing developed/detailed answers to business problems;
feel comfortable when working with numbers.
It can also help if students have an interest in the real world around them, especially politics and current affairs. Students who opt for business often wish to learn more about the world of work or they are keen to pursue a career in management or set up their own business.
What can I do with a Business Qualification?
You will use a variety of skills throughout the course, including collecting and interpreting data, communicating your findings in different ways, and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand and are recognised and highly valued by employers, colleges and universities. The options open to you depend on the results achieved and your own interest. There is a large variety of higher education courses that are based around business studies.
The business courses are an ideal qualification if you wish to go straight into employment, because they give you an understanding of how businesses are organised and the importance of staff and customers. Some areas of employment have further learning opportunities within them, such as apprenticeships.
For further information see or email
Mrs C Denny, Mr W Greenwood, Miss N Kali, Miss N Keen or Mrs M Withers.