Business Studies

Pupils will develop an interest in the economic environment including key economic indicators and factors as well as government interventions. During their time in the department students will utilise and develop key cross-curriculum skills in ICT, Mathematics, team working; and communication including written and verbal presentation.

KS4 Enterprise Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 our intent is to produce students with an interest in Business and/or Economics who will continue their studies at a higher level and a large number do currently attend out Sixth Form or have started Higher Level Apprenticeships. The BTEC Nationals Diploma in Business Level 3 qualification gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the business sector that will prepare them for further study, training or employment. For Economics we try to cultivate an interest in economic matters and problems by developing pupils’ ability to express themselves clearly and coherently in both written and oral work.

BTEC Enterprise Tech Award is currently being completed in Years 10 and 11 as a vocational qualification which comprises of 3 units of work. The aim is to complete the coursework for Components 1 and 2 in Year 10 with the remaining Component 3 being an examination in Year 11.


Key Stage 5

In the Sixth Form pupils are following the vocational BTEC National Diploma Course (equivalent to 2 A' Levels) in Business which requires the completion of 8 units of work over the 2 years. Units of work are either examinations, externally set and marked tasks; or internally set and marked assignments (which are then externally moderated). The units focus on different aspects of business including personnel, finance, marketing and operations.

The Financial Studies Diploma from The London Institute of Banking & Finance is also offered at the Sixth Form. The qualification structure splits the course into four units each of which have an end of unit formal examination. Units 1 and 2 are completed in Year 12 resulting in the Financial Studies Certificate qualification; with Units 3 and 4 taken in Year 13 resulting in the Financial Studies Diploma qualification. The course provides an in-depth exploration of the important concepts of financial education and how to apply them in achieving longer-term financial stability. Pupils develop an understanding of financial planning, to support entry to university on finance and banking courses and a wide range of other disciplines. It also supports progression to a wide range of entry level occupations within finance, ensuring that learners understand the sector and a have range of transferrable skills and knowledge.

Financial Studies Diploma specification:

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business Specification:

Co-Curricular Activities

Extra support sessions are held for targeted pupils or pupils who request additional assistance on a Tuesday for one hour after school.


Mr T. Draper - Department Leader
Mr L. Byrne
Mr R. Miah


Further Reading

Pearson BTEC National Business Student Book 1

Pearson BTEC National Business Student Book 2

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