Business Studies

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In Business Studies students explore decision making and develop problem solving skills. Students also learn about the external business environment in which businesses operate and the factors that influence them.

Students work with marketing, financial and economic concepts, learning to appreciate the complexity of successful business management and monitoring.

At Key Stage 4 students learn the basic concepts for setting up a business, including market research and developing a business idea. This is further developed when looking at how to manage a successful business, including product/service management, key recruitment and selection issues as well as financial management. At KS4 students will have a basic understanding of businesses within the wider environment including government intervention, the economy and competition.


Written examination. Paper: 1 hour and 30 minutes 50% of the qualification 90 marks

Content overview:

  • 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


Written examination: Paper 1 hour and 30 minutes 50% of the qualification 90 marks

Content overview:

  • 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


To support students learning inside the classroom we are developing a range of visits to external businesses that students can refer to in their exams, homework and to develop a deeper understanding of business concepts. Students will be working on a Citrus Saturday lemonade project, as well as visiting Cadbury World in Bournville and The Harry Potter Studio experience, for real-life marketing workshops.


Subject Leader Miss T Morgan     
  Mrs V Williams
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