Ms N Jones

Head of Business Studies

Ms N Jones
Mr I Armbruster
Mr M Murtadha
Mr R Clarke
Dr R Speller
Mr K Dickins

Department Vision

The Business department continues to enjoy outstanding results year on year. Through our commitment to raising attainment, we have built a culture of achievement. Our students want to learn and are not content unless they are achieving their full potential. The department drives the students to be independent which leads to them being highly motivated.


Our curriculum is chosen to support our students in their future careers whether in business or not. Through studying in the Business department students learn business, and personal skills that are invaluable to them in the future.


To support our curriculum we enjoy visits to local and regional businesses and invite business men and women from the town to be guest speakers.


  1. We aim to be at the forefront of developments in innovative teaching and to develop a strong enterprise ethos.
  2. We will enable our students to become lifelong, enterprising, independent learners, able to take risks and assume responsibility confidently.
  3. We will enable our students to develop a commercial awareness and the knowledge and understanding to pursue a career in Business.

Upper School

Students in the Upper School follow the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Award.

Students will study three, internally assessed coursework units and one externally assessed exam unit (unit 2). Each unit is weighted at 25%.


Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World
Unit 2: Finance for Business
Unit 3: Promoting a Brand
Unit 8: Recruitment, Selection and Employment
Homework is designed to support the business theory learned in school as well as research and preparation tasks that are directly relevant to coursework.

Post 16

Students in the Sixth Form follow one of four courses: Edexcel Level 3 BTEC (Subsidiary Diploma or Diploma), International Baccalaureate, AQA A Level Business Studies and the Certificate/Diploma in Financial Studies.

Business A-Level

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSEs to include:

  • A minimum of Distinction in BTEC First Award in Business OR a B grade in GCSE Business Studies
  • A minimum of a C in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics

Course Outline

Students will consider how a range of organisations in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/small, UK/global, service/manufacture) operate in today’s increasingly global business environment.

Topics to be studied include business basics – such as the different ownership types, external influences on business, business aims and objectives – as well as leadership and decision making, marketing, operations management, financial planning and human resources management. The course further focuses on strategic decision making and how businesses cope with - and plan for - change.


Assessment is by two (AS level) or three (A-level) examined units in the summer of 2017. The units contribute equally to the final grade.

2017/18 and further progression

You could take this course to complement other A-level courses. It could lead you onto higher education or NVQ Levels 3 and 4 in areas of business such as business, management, economics and marketing.


Business Management IB Diploma

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSEs

Course Outline

The business management course is designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of business management and theories, as well as their ability to apply a range of tools and techniques. Students learn to analyse, discuss and evaluate business activities at local, national and international levels. The course covers a range of organisations from all sectors, as well as the cultural and economic contexts in which those organisations operate and a focus on the ethical concerns they face.


The course is composed of five units:
Unit 1: Business Organisation and Environment
Unit 2: Human Resource Management
Unit 3: Finance and Accounts
Unit 4: Marketing
Unit 5: Operations Management


Assessment on the course is both internal and external.

The external element consists of two written exam papers and accounts for 75% of the final grade.

The internal element is assessed through a written commentary on a real issue facing a particular organisation and accounts for 25% of the final grade.

2016/17 and further progression

The business management course prepares you for a career in business, which may stretch across any sector or industry. Your career options are therefore varied and may include roles in industries as diverse as chemicals, utilities, fashion, health, grocery and construction as they all require functional managers with a clear understanding of systems, efficiency and operational issues.

Students can use their qualification to gain employment directly from school, to apply for apprenticeships or to study business related course in Higher Education.


Business Studies BTEC Extended Certificate (Single)

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSEs to include:

  • A minimum of Merit in BTEC First Award in Business OR a B grade in GCSE Business Studies
  • A minimum of a C in GCSE English Language

Course Outline

The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business-related subjects.

The qualification consists of four units across the two years, three of which are mandatory and two external.


Unit 1: Exploring Business
Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign
Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance
Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection Process


Internal Assessment takes the form of two coursework units, one of which is mandatory and one of which is optional. This constitutes 42% of the final grade.

External Assessment consists of one exam and one controlled assessment and constitutes 58% of the final grade.

2017/18 and further progression

To move on to the 2nd Year of the course, you will need to obtain at least a Merit in your BTEC National Certificate in Business Studies in Year 12.

Students completing this Certificate can progress to University or College to study BTEC Higher Qualifications (Level 4/5). Due to the vocational nature of this qualification, students will also be able to build the skills necessary to seek employment in a business related industry.


Certificate and Diploma in Financial Studies

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSEs to include:

  • A minimum of a C in GCSE English Language and C grade in GCSE maths

Course Outline

CeFS has been designed to cover the core disciplines of financial capability. Learners are encouraged to become responsible borrowers, sensible savers, and have an appreciation of the need for financial planning throughout their life. Its purpose is to prepare students for further study through the development of the core skills of critical analysis and evaluation, synthesis, verbal communication (through classroom discussion) and written communication.


Certificate (Year 1)
Unit 1: Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short term
Unit 2: Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term
Diploma (Year 2)
Unit 3: Sustainability of an Individual's Finances
Unit 4: Sustainability of the Financial Services System


The course is assessed entirely through external exams. Each unit has two papers: a multiple choice online test (35%) and a case study based written paper (65%). Exams take place in January and April/May each year.

2017/18 and further progression

To move on to the 2nd Year of the course (Diploma), you will need to obtain at least a D grade in the Certificate. Students completing this Diploma can progress to University or College or can use their qualifications to obtain an apprenticeship in the financial services.

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