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Business Studies

Business Studies is a dynamic subject which blends a number of specialist fields such as marketing, human resources, accounting and finance and operations management, which together make up a subject which is highly relevant to the modern world. As the subject is so varied it is suitable for a wide range of students and can lead to careers in accountancy, law, finance, retail, management as well as other careers which demand an understanding of the wider world. Business Studies complements other subjects well, particularly humanities, maths, science or the arts.

As Business Studies is so diverse it is critical that students study the theory in context of real businesses and that is why throughout KS4 the curriculum is enriched through the use of guest speakers, visits and business case studies.

At KS4; students in Year 11 will continue to study Edexcel GCSE in Applied Business, which is made up two units. Unit 1 was completed as controlled assessment, in year 10 and is worth 60% of the final grade. Students investigated two different businesses based upon business themes, such as aims, activities, stakeholders and business legislation. Unit 2 is examined externally and is studied in Year 11. The 60-minute exam is based on business finance and students study financial documentation, sources of finance, types of costs and revenues, profit and loss accounts, balance sheets and accounting ratios. This unit is worth 40% of the final grade.

Our Year 10 students on the other hand will be studying the newly accredited Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in Business. This specification introduces learners to the business world, empowering them to develop as commercially minded and enterprising individuals. Learners will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, enabling them to use business information critically, to develop arguments, to make justified decisions and to prepare them for further study and career pathways. This linear qualification will be examined in the following way:

Component 1: Business Dynamics Written examination: 2 hours 62.5% of qualification. This paper is a mix of short answer and structured questions based on stimulus material covering all of the specification content.

Component 2: Business Considerations Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 37.5% of qualification. This paper covers a data response questions covering all of the specification content.


Business Studies Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 10 Unit 1 Controlled Assessment

Students will learn about:

Aims and Objectives

Business Activities




Unit 1 Controlled Assessment

Students will learn about:

Organisational structures

Functional Areas


Unit 1 Controlled Assessment

Students will learn about:

Business Legislation



Year 11 Unit 2 – Financial Records

Students will learn about:

Financial Documents

Methods of Payment

Computerised Accounting Systems

Costs and Revenues

Profit & Loss

Unit 2 – Financial Records

Students will learn about:

Balance Sheets



The role of ICT

Unit 2 – Financial Records

Revision & exam preparation