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.


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.

Economics is studied in Years 11 at GCSE level following the OCR specification. There is no coursework or controlled assessments in Economics with final grades being determined by examinations at the end of Year 11 in this linear qualification. There are two units which are Unit 1 focusing on how markets work whilst Unit 2 looks at how the economy works.

BTEC Enterprise Tech Award is currently being completed in Years 10 and 11 as a vocational qualification which comprises three components 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.


Economics GCSE Specification:


BTEC Enterprise Tech Award Specification:

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.


Economics A’Level is also offered at the Sixth Form with Year 12 and 13 pupils following the AQA specification. This is a linear qualification with three examinations taken at the end of the course in Year 13 (normally in June). Pupils will look at economic principles, explore economic behaviour and evaluate economic models and policies whilst also developing their quantitative skills in performing economic calculations.


Economics A’Level 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 Monday (Economics) and Thursday (Business) most weeks for 1 hour after school finishes.



Mr T. Draper - Department Leader
Mr T Beeson - Department leader of Maths
Mr R Miah



Economics GCSE Specification and resources: (specification)

OCR GCSE (9-1) Economics by Hodder Education (course textbook)

My Revision Notes: OCR GCSE (9-1) Economics (revision notes)


BTEC Enterprise Tech Award Specification and resources:

BTEC Tech Award Enterprise Student Book 2nd edition by Pearson (course textbook)

Revise BTEC Tech Award Enterprise Revision Guide: (with free online edition) by Pearson (revision textbook)


Further Reading

BTEC Tech Award Enterprise Student Book 2nd edition by Pearson (course textbook)

Revise BTEC Tech Award Enterprise Revision Guide: (with free online edition) by Pearson (revision textbook)

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