Business Studies

Information about Business studies.

Business Studies

Business Studies is an option subject studied from Year 10 onwards. It is a subject which is very much related to real-life. You can almost guarantee you that some part of your daily routine will involve you using business skills whether it is paying for your shopping, going to the bank or reading a magazine.

Business Studies is an exciting subject which will inspire the creative, seek out natural born leaders and develop management styles.


"Some exhilarating teaching was observed in business. Excellent lesson planning enabled boys to explore and develop their own solutions and ideas leading to a fuller and deeper understanding of the topics"

- (Ofsted 2013)

Why It Matters

There is a perception out there that business is all about numbers and selling, but in real-life this is quite the opposite. There are a number of facets which you will be surprised by. GCSE Business Studies is a subject which requires strong levels of written English and the ability to think ‘outside the box’ about various business situations in real-life.

Although Business Studies is not a core subject it is core in many ways. We use the skills developed from business in everyday situations and it opens the door for many career prospects such as banking, marketing, accounting, human relations (HR) and management. In addition, many careers other than traditional business careers involve the use of business skills or business knowledge. For example, nursing (designing rotas), teaching (managing groups of people) or retail advisor (selling and customer service).

Boys who choose Business Studies as an option will follow the GCSE Business Studies pathway.

GCSE Business Studies Pathway

  • Unit 1 – Introduction to Business
  • Unit 2 – Investigating Small Businesses
  • Unit 3 – Building a Business
All students who choose Business Studies as an option will be following this pathway.

Edexcel Specification

Specification from the examination board.

Curriculum Information

Scheme of Work for Business Studies.

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