Business Studies


Mr D Stones – Teacher of Business Studies

Mr A Curran – Lead Teacher of Computing

GCSE Business
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Subject Specifications:

OCR GCSE Business (J204). To find out more click here OCR GCSE Business

BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise. To find out more click here BTEC Enterprise

Year 9

Introduction to BTEC Business and Enterprise

What will students learn about?

During this year students will take part in various activities and lesson tasks to give them an accurate insight into Business and Enterprise. This introductory course will aim to enable students to learn about:

  • self-employment
  • marketing
  • finance
  • retail
  • business management

This is an introductory course will lead towards students having the opportunity to study a BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise in Years 10 and 11 staring in September 2018. Students will then be able to access and study units including:

  • Unit 1: Exploring Enterprises
  • Unit 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity
  • Unit 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise

Year 10

BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise

What will students learn about?

  • Unit 1: Exploring Enterprises (Term 1/2 approx. – How businesses work, Methods of Research and the Business Environment)
  • Unit 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity (Term 2/3 approx. – Researching Business Ideas, Business Planning, Presenting a Business Idea).
  • Unit 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise (Term 3 approx. – Introduction to Financial Document

Year 11

New Specification 9-1 – OCR – GCSE Business J204

What will students learn about?

Students have previously worked through 3 units in Year 10 that provide them with a clear and develop understanding of the roles, purposes and impact of businesses on them and the wider community and society.

Focus units:

  • Business Activity (3.1)
  • Influences on Business (3.2)
  • Business Operations (3.3)

Students work through 3 units that provide them with a clear and develop understanding of the work, activities and purposes of large businesses that make up our economy and also affects international trade.

Focus units:

  • Human Resources (3.4)
  • Marketing (3.5)
  • Finance (3.6)
  • Interdependent Departments

How will students be assessed?

Students will sit two exam papers at the end of the course (Year 11) which form the overall assessment.

  • Paper 1; Business Activity, HRM and Marketing (50%).
  • Paper 2: Business Influences Operations and Finance (50%).


Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Business Department Workshops, every Wednesday (Year 10) and Friday (Year 11)
  • Revision and skill development workshops after school and during half terms (details will be sent out to parents nearer to relevant dates and times)
  • Enterprise Activities – ranging from Internal College activities to Mosaic Challenge and Young Enterprise
  • Planned Excursions and Incursions with local businesses to provide students with practical insights into how they operate


Useful Links & Resources

Course Links

OCR GCSE Business

BTEC Enterprise

Revision and Study Sites for Business & Enterprise

BBC Bitesize GCSE Business revision notes, videos and quizzes

Revision World GCSE Business Studies revision notes

Tutor2u GCSE Business studies revision notes and quizzes

Business Bee useful for finance revision notes and quizzes

S-Cool GCSE Business Studies revision notes and videos

Gojimo revision quizzes for AQA Business can be downloaded as an app

Business Studies GCSEPOD – available on college online sign-on with login

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