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Business is a popular subject, staffed by Mr J. Jones (Subject Leader), Miss A. McLean, Mr J. Quirk and Mr Ellis. We offer both GCSE and A level with Miss McLean also heading the Economics Department. The department strive to give their students the best possible chance of progress, offering intervention where necessary as well as extra-curricular activities.

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Students gain some experience with the concepts of Business via year 7 and 8 Enterprise Days. These introduce some basic business concepts such as finance, product design, USP’s, pricing, employment and external influences as well as helping to develop skills in teamwork and presentation. If chosen as an option these themes are continued and extended in KS4.


Edexcel GCSE Business 1-9 (Current Y10 onwards)

The course is assessed through 2 exams, Investigating Small Business and Building a Business.  Both papers are 1 hour 30 mins and both are 50% of the available marks.

The course broadly covers:

Paper 1

Entrepreneurship and Starting a Business

Market research, Market Segmentation, the Marketing Mix

Business Objectives, Profit, Revenue and Costs

Cash Flow and Sources of Finance

Sole Traders, Partnerships, Private Limited Companies and Franchising

Location, Business Plans

The External Environment, Technology, Legislation and the Economy,

Paper 2

Growth, Change in Objectives and Globalisation


The Marketing Mix for Larger Businesses

Production Types, JIT, Quality, Procurement and the Sales Process

Business Calculations and the Interpretation of Graphs

HRM, Recruitment, Training, Structure and Motivation

KS4 for current Year 11 (2018-19)

Eduqas GCSE Business 1-9

The course is assessed through 2 exams, Business Dynamics a 2 hour paper 62.5% of the assessment and Business Considerations a one and a half hour paper 37.5% of the assessment. There is no longer any coursework.

The course broadly covers:

  • Business Activity: Analysis of business, business objectives, entrepreneurship, public and private sectors, legal structures, growth and location
  • Influences on Business: Technology, ethics, environment and sustainability, economics, trade, globalization, the EU and legal considerations
  • Business Operations: Methods of production, quality, procurement, logistics and stock control, sales and customer service,
  • Finance: Sources of finance, classification of costs, break even, simple investment appraisal, profit and loss accounts, cash flow and financial analysis.
  • Marketing: Market segmentation, market research and an in depth look at the marketing mix, product, place, price and promotion.
  • Human Resources: Recruitment, training, motivation, structure, communication, trade unions and departments in a business.

The course broadly covers the following topics:

  • Business Structure entrepreneurship, sole traders, partnerships, Ltd’s, PLC’s, franchising and cooperatives.
  • Marketing, market research, the 4P’s of marketing and legal aspects
  • Production, job batch flow, JIT, quality systems, break even, growth, location, the EU and the single currency.
  • HRM, recruitment, motivation, trade unions, communication, organisation charts, leadership and payment systems
  • The External Environment, competition, economics, technology, the law and unforeseen events.
  • Finance, types of funding, cash flow, balance sheets, profit and loss accounts and financial analysis.

6th Form

OCR Business A Level

  • The first year of 6th form follows the AS level syllabus, which will be examined by a mock exam at the end of the year
  • The A2 takes the subject matter taught at AS and expands it. It is examined by 3 papers each two hours long, as in the AS one on local business, one national and one global. The global paper specifically examines a student’s ability to respond to data.