B&E - Key Stage 4

The business studies department offers GCSE business studies and BTEC business studies.

Students cannot study both courses. Students should indicate on their options forms which course they would prefer to study. The business studies department will make the final decision as to which course is taken to ensure that every student is on the right course and has the best possible chance of achieving his/her potential.


What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?

It is unlikely that you will have studied business before taking this course, but that does not matter. You might have an interest in business and want to start your own business one day. You may have an enquiring mind and be interested in learning about the world around you, how businesses are set up and what it is that makes someone a great entrepreneur.

Is this the right subject for me?

This course is both active and enjoyable. You need to be good at communicating and explaining your ideas, and not afraid of learning new things and working with numbers to solve business problems. You will learn how to be a creative thinker and how to make decisions. What’s more, you will also learn about the world of business through research and investigation, as well as through practical tasks.

What can I do after I have completed the course?

This business course can help you prepare for further and higher education. It prepares you for AS/A2 levels as well as BTEC and NVQ courses in many different subjects. You will become skilled in making decisions, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of team. Even if you do not want to go on to study business further you will have benefited from studying a GCSE business course because many jobs you do will involve working for a business. However, a GCSE business course could lead to work in a business-related profession such as accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry.


What is BTEC First Level 2 Award in Business about?

This is a practical, work-related course that is equivalent to one GCSE at grades A* - C. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on workplace situations and activities. During the course you will gain a broad understanding of business and study selected areas in more depth as well as develop skills, knowledge and understanding in business. You will have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way and develop key skills that are highly valued by employers.

Is this course for me?

The course is highly interactive with you taking considerable responsibility for your own learning. You will be working independently and as part of a team, completing real research and investigations. You will need to be self-motivated and organised. 75% of the course is by way of three assignments completed in the classroom, all which are assessed internally, so if you prefer coursework – this is the course for you! No previous subject knowledge needed.

Where could it lead?

The BTEC Level 2 First Award is a two-year course for anyone looking to gain a nationally recognised vocational qualification to enter employment or progress to other qualifications such as AS/A2 levels as well as BTEC National Diploma in business.