Business Studies


The Business and Vocational Education Department aims to enable students to participate in, and gain a critical understanding of, the economic and business world. This requires them to appreciate not only what is happening in the world, but why it is happening, the reasons for and repercussions of business activity.

The Business Department is dynamic in its vision and delivery of courses. The courses are challenging yet motivating and they are inextricably linked with the world of work.

Key Stage 4



Certificate in Business & Enterprise is a Level 2 qualification that has been developed to be aimed at students aged 14-16.

Certificate in Business & Enterprise shows learners:

  • the many different characteristics of businesses and entrepreneurs

  • the risks and rewards of business

  • different aspects of marketing and methods of market research

  • different sources of funding

  • how to produce a financial plan

  • how to develop a project plan.

Unit 1: Introduction to business & enterprise (Year 10)

Internally assessed portfolio of evidence

Unit 2: Marketing for business & enterprise (Years 10 & 11)

Externally assessed assignment

Unit 3: Finance for business & enterprise (Year 10 & 11)

Internally assessed portfolio of evidence

Unit 4: Plan, develop & participate in a business or enterprise project (Year 11)

Internally assessed portfolio of evidence


Key Stage 5 - BTEC National Level 3 Business

KS5 - BTEC Nationals Business (Vocational)




The Pearson BTEC National Certificate in Business is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post16 students wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the business sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to 0.5 of an A level and aims to provide an introduction to study of the business sector, normally alongside other level 3 qualifications. Students wishing to take this BTEC will have successfully completed a level 2 programme of learning with GCSEs or vocational qualifications.

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate for and consistent with current practice for students planning to enter employment directly in the business sector.

Everyone taking this qualification will study two mandatory units, both of which must be passed in order for the qualification to be awarded. They are:

  • Exploring the Business Environment
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign

The qualification can be taken as a one-year course.  The one-year course can be awarded as a discrete qualification, or count as half towards the Extended Certificate.


1 year (Certificate)

50% coursework (internally assessed), 50% controlled assessment (externally assessed)


2 years (Extended Certificate)

2 additional units: Personal & Business Finance (mandatory)

1 optional unit

50% examination (externally assessed), 50% coursework (internally assessed)