Business Studies


Subject Leader

Amy Biddle
(Year 11 Progress Leader)

Daniel Taylor
(Acting Deputy Principal)


Damon Lewis
(Associate Assistant Principal
Progress Leader Sixth Form)

"Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work.

But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were."

- David Rockefeller

Why study Business?

Business is important. The role of business is to make the world a better place for everyone - creating wealth and well-being, prosperity, jobs and choices. Business Studies is real and relevant to your current lives and your future career choices. If you study Business, the knowledge you gain will empower the decisions you make in the future. Learning about Business will give you essential information about the working environment you will experience, whichever organization you choose to work for. You will have technical knowledge about how business works but you will also learn how to behave in the workplace as a manager or worker. In addition this course prepares you for what needs doing to set up a business and improve one.

Aims / Objectives

In Business Studies we aim to:

  • Prepare students with the skills needed to be successful in the world of work
  • For students to achieve at and above their target grades in Business related subjects
  • To set SSS regularly to develop understanding and in preparation for coursework and exams
  • To offer a range of options to more closely match the needs of students with appropriate qualifications
  • Prepare students for further study in business whether that be A levels or university

Key Stage 4

In year 9, students can opt to take a Business Studies qualification in years 10 and 11.
At present the options are:

  • GCSE Business Studies (Edexcel 2BS01)

The GCSE is 75% exams which will now be taken at the end of the course. One exam will be multiple choice and the other a series of short and long answer questions based on businesses. There is also a controlled assessment where you have a task to complete about a small business.

  • BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Business Studies (Edexcel)

The BTEC is 100% coursework at present. You will be required to produce coursework in units including finance, marketing and customer services.

  • BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business Studies (equivalent 2 GCSEs Edexcel)

Key Stage 5

In the sixth form students have the option of studying the following Business related courses:

  • AS/A2 Applied Business Studies (OCR H026, H426)

The Applied Business option is 67% coursework and 33% exam. The two coursework units are in Marketing and Recruitment. In both cases you take the role of a director and have to produce a new marketing mix for a business and the whole recruitment process for a large business. You will also sit an exam that covers other areas of business including ownership, finance and external influences that affect business. Results in this option are excellent and results this year improved from 63% to 81% A*-C with 89% achieving at or above their target grades.

  • AS/A2 Business Studies (AQA 1131, 2131)

The Business Studies option is 100% exam. 2 exams are taken one looking at what you need to start up a business and the other what you need to know to run a business. This option has been introduced to give students the option to sit exams as some would rather not do lots of coursework.

  • AS/A2 Economics (Edexcel 8EC01, 9EC01)- Economics is also offered within the subject area.

Economics is also offered at post 16. This is 100% exams and involves looking at different markets and economies looking at how they work and why they fail. We look at some of the problems economies face such as unemployment, recessions and look at possible solutions to them.


Business offers students the opportunity to develop their Business skills by offering Enterprise activities. In 2008 one of our students one the prestigious best Managing Director award for Peterborough in Young Enterprise and last year a students took part in the Apprentice competition where they had to design and launch a new polo shirt with an Olympic theme.