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Business Studies

BusinessBusiness Studies is a GCSE and A level course. Students in Year 8 have the opportunity of selecting this as an option for their GCSE studies. 

The Business Department endeavours to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes in students which will enable them to: 

  • Explore the economic aspects of their present lives and the organisation of production, consumption and distribution; 
  • Develop an understanding of the economic, social and political systems and how these influence local, regional, national and international business behaviour and economic forces;
  • Prepare for the challenges, opportunities and experiences of the world of work;
  • Understand the economic, social and political environment within and outside business, and to consider ways in which they are able to influence business objectives, activities and decisions;
  • Understand how the main types of business and commercial institutions are organised, financed and operated, and how their relationships with other organisations, consumers, owners and society are regulated;
  • Develop an awareness of the nature and significance of innovation and change within the context of business.

Students will:

  • gain a broad understanding of business and be able to study selected areas in more depth; 
  • develop skills, knowledge and understanding in business; 
  • have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way; 
  • follow a programme of study that enables progression to both higher education and employment within business; 
  • gain confidence through developing independent learning skills.

Our Curriculum

Curriculum Map Business >

Business Studies - Assessment Calendar >


Key Stage 4

New Business Studies 9 – 1 GCSE Course outline

Section 1:

Business in the real world Influences on business

Business operations Human resources

How it's assessed:

  • Exam: 1 hour 45 mins •90 marks •50 % of GCSE

Section 2:

Business in the real world Influences on business

Marketing Finance

How it's assessed:

  • Exam: 1 hour 45 mins • 90 marks • 50 % of GCSE

Exam board: AQA

Business in the real world

The purpose of business activity, the role of business enterprise and entrepreneurship, and the dynamic nature of business. Students need to be aware of the impact business in the real world has on the four functional areas of business: • business operations • human resources • marketing • finance.

Influences on business

The importance of external influences on business and how businesses change in response to these influences. Students need to be aware of the impact influences on business have on the four functional areas of business: • business operations • human resources • marketing • finance.

Business operations

Students should understand the interdependent nature of business operations, human resources, marketing and finance. Students should be able to give examples of how business objectives would be split into functional plans with clear links throughout. What business operations involve, their role within the production of goods and the provision of services, and how they influence business activity.

Human resources

Students should understand the interdependent nature of business operations, human resources, marketing and finance. Students should be able to give examples of how business objectives would be split into functional plans with clear links throughout. The purpose of human resources, its role within business and how it influences business activity.

Marketing

Students should understand the interdependent nature of business operations, human resources, marketing and finance. Students should be able to give examples of how business objectives would be split into functional plans with clear links throughout. The purpose of marketing, its role within business and how it influences business activity.

Finance

Students should understand the interdependent nature of business operations, human resources, marketing and finance. Students should be able to give examples of how business objectives would be split into functional plans with clear links throughout. The purpose of the finance function, its role within business and how it influences business activity.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.