Business is practical, applied and exciting.  We aim to prepare students for the dynamic world of commerce whether this is as consumers, employers or employees. 

With a better understanding of the commercial world, students can be effective participators and leaders within it.  Students will learn about real life industry both on a small and large scale. Business prepares students with many life skills such as communication, problem solving, time management, team work and decision making. Whether the aim is to pursue an academic career, train for a profession or become an entrepreneur the necessary knowledge and skills will be provided.

KS4 (Years 10-11)

GCSE Business Studies – year 10 and 11 students can opt to take the full GCSE.  This qualification encourages students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent and worthwhile course of study, gaining an insight into business related sectors.

Students will be introduced to issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business. They will explore the activities of business and the reasons for success or failure. Students are encouraged to appreciate that businesses must operate within society and that this involves businesses engaging with a wide range of stakeholders who will hold differing perspectives.  Students will appreciate that businesses grow and the issues that expansion raises.

Year 11 students will complete controlled assessment work in lessons (worth 25%) and study for end of course examinations (worth 75%). Year 10 students starting GCSE Business Studies in September 2017 will be assessed via external examinations. 

The GCSE prepares students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.