Business Studies

Business is an exciting and challenging subject and is taught only at Key Stage 4. The themes in the Edexcel specification are designed to spark pupils’ imagination and inspire commercial thinking as they develop their business knowledge. We use contemporary business context in our teaching and support this with practical and engaging case studies in the classroom. It is important for our pupils to experience real and relevant business examples within everyday life.  This is further supported by exciting and interesting visits where pupils can see their learning in practice, for example our visits to Chelsea Football Club and the BMW factory in Oxford.

All of our teaching rooms have interactive boards and the use of Chromebooks for pupils to research businesses and enhance their learning, are also available.

Homework is set every week and the expectation of high quality is enforced stringently from the start.

 Key Stage 4

Edexcel Business Specification, GCSE (9-1)

Theme 1: Investigating a small Business

Theme 2 : Building a Business

Examination Information:

Theme 1: 50 % Paper with extended writing and multiple choice questions -1 hour 30 minutes.

Theme 2: 50 % Paper with extended writing and multiple choice questions -1 hour 30 minutes.

There are a wealth of high quality resources available on the Internet for pupils studying Business. The BBC Bitesize is a great way to get an overview of each topic, Bizkidz is a US children’s program that look at many of the topics in a fun and practical way. Pupils are also encouraged to watch programs such as ‘Dragons Den,’ ‘Watchdog’ and ‘The Apprentice.’

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Activities

There is an exciting range of enrichment activities offered to pupils who opt to study Business. This has recently included:

  • A trip to Chelsea Football Club to explore 'The Business of Football', in which pupils got to enjoy a tour around the stadium and explore the various business activities that the club engages in
  • The successful Mosaic Enterprise Experience, which allowed pupils to experience developing and running developing and running their own online business with a goal to maximise profits in a nationwide competition and is delivered by visiting local entrepreneurs
  • Cross-curricular projects with Computer Science, which includes external visits and a website creation project