Business Studies


What we are trying to achieve with our curriculum

Business is only taught as an option from year 10.

There are three foci within the Business curriculum; the role of business, the role of the customer and the role of the employee. All aspects have a direct impact on the individual pupil and their ability to successfully thrive and positively contribute to the growing economic and politically fuelled world we live in.  Pupils are challenged to consider not just the academic elements required but also the ethical, moral and spiritual aspects of Business.

We support aspects of the PSHCE curriculum where Business pupils are seen to have a greater understanding on areas such as careers, financial control, law and politics.

We support the subject knowledge and understanding in subjects such as Geography, design and technology and Computing with cross subject matter links.  Finance is a dedicated focus where maths skills are taught and used to support the learning of all pupils.


How we deliver our curriculum


  • Trust
  • Confidence
  • Service
  • Trustworthy Integrity
  • Responsible Citizen
  • Self-Control
  • Resilience
  • Curiosity
  • Deliberation
  • Discernment

All Classes in Year 10 and 11 are taught by a subject specialist

Year 10 and 11 syllabi is carefully written to show natural progression from topic area to the next.

Year 10

  • Subject areas covered are:
  • Starting and expanding a business
  • Marketing
  • People
  • Introduction to Finance

Year 11

  • Subject areas covered are:
  • Finance
  • Production & Operations Management
  • Ethics
  • Business Interdependence


Formative assessment is built into every subject topic area to ensure full understanding,  Additional, revision time and support is given before every unit test.

Pupils complete individual and group work on these areas.

Recall tasks are built in to the lesson plans to assist with learning retention.

All pupils are encouraged and supported in the creation of their own revision notes, flash cards and learning mats.

Educational visits and speakers are used to introduce real life examples to support the theoretical learning in class and support careers and aspirational focus..


The difference that our curriculum makes to our pupils


Pupils are encouraged to be curious and question the world around them as potential employers, employees and consumers.  Sustainability, ethics, globalisation and environmental issues are explored in a safe, discussion based forum.  Pupils are taught how to analyse different scenarios and discern information and support opinions.

Our exam grades are of national average but just as importantly pupils are more ready to enter the world of work.  They know how to apply for employment and the employment law that supports them as individuals.  They understand the factors that lead to and determine the changes in social and economic conditions and the effects that would impact on their life.


Business Studies

Not currently taught at KS3.

Pupils are given the opportunity to opt for Business as a GCSE subject in year 9 with classes starting in year 10.


The subject is examined at the end of year 11 by two formal exams lasting 90 minutes each.  Pupils are taught the subject in exam modules.  Paper 1 in year 10 and Paper 2 in year 11.

Year 10

  • Four elements are taught including:
  • Types of Business and Business Activity
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resources and People in Business

Year 11

  • An additional four elements are taught including:
  • Operations Management
  • Influences on Business
  • Ethics
  • The interdependent nature of Business



We follow the OCR GCSE (9-1) course.  This is a linear course with 2 final exams taken in year 11.  Each exam is 90 minutes long.

The text book is OCR GCSE (9-1) Business, Third Edition


The recommended revision guide is

My Revision Notes: OCR GCSE (9-1) Business


Websites include:

BBC Bitesize



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