Business Studies


Jayne Birkett - Subject Leader – Computing, ICT and Business Studies

About the Course

Business studies is not just a theory-based subject, it is about real life. It will help you to learn about businesses and the way they operate in today's society. You will gain skills which will be useful in a wide range of jobs, in the further study of business studies or one of its many related subjects e.g. economics, and in your personal life.
From September 2007, we are pleased to offer our students business studies as an option during years 10 and 11.

Years 10/11

We will be following AQA Business Studies ‘B' Specification. The main textbook to be used to support this course is "AQA Business Studies B 2nd Edition" by Neil Denby and Peter Thomas.
During the course, students will have access to a computer room for all lessons and will study the following units:
• External environment and business
• The ownership and control of business
• The aims and objectives of business
• The management of people within a business
• Finance
• Production
• Marketing
Pupil learning objectives
• How to analyse business problems and issues
• How to evaluate evidence and communicate your arguments
• How to use business vocabulary
• How to select, organise, interpret and use information
• To work on your own and as part of a team


Year 10

Informal assessment is carried out throughout year 10 on both homework and class work. All students will sit a mock examination in business studies.

Year 11

There are three aspects to your GCSE assessment. You will take two examination papers (75%) and one piece of coursework (25%).
The level of entry (Foundation or Higher) will be discussed with each student during year 11 Autumn term.


Year 10 and 11 will be set homework as and when relevant. This may involve preparation for the next lesson, involving students in tasks such as research, planning, worksheets or collecting of resources required for the current topic.