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Business Studies


Staff Members

Mr T Piddington

Humanities Head of Faculty: Mr I Hagger

Prior Learning

Students will have had no formal exposure to Business Studies before KS4.

Key Stage 4

Business studies introduces students to the world of commerce and trade. We look at how businesses start and grow, how they adapt to survive and how they work to ensure that they stay relevant and successful in an ever changing market.


Business studies suits anyone interested in how the world of private businesses operates. You will develop a thorough working knowledge of how entrepreneurs bring their ideas to the market, develop evaluation skills and learn the value of market flexibility and research.


This course is assessed by two external exam papers taken in the summer of Year 11.


Paper 1: Investigating small business (50%) - 90 minutes

Paper 2: Building a business (50%) - 90 minutes


Theme 1: Investigating small business

1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

1.3 Putting a business idea  into practice

1.4 Making the business effective

1.5 Understanding external influences on business


Theme 2: Building a business

 2.1 Growing the business

2.2 Making marketing decisions

2.3 Making operational decisions

2.4 Making financial decisions

2.5 Making human resource decisions


Business Studies - Long Term Plan - Year 10

Business Studies - Long Term Plan - Year 11

Useful websites

and resources

Possible areas of future Studies

A Level Business Studies

Business and Enterprise

Business and Retail Industries

Management and Administration

Possible future careers




Human Resources