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Business Studies

Business Studies is covered during KS4 and KS5.

In Year 12 Students are also able to opt for a Business Studies Bridging Course while in Year 13 there is the option to study Business Studies.


If you are interested in how to set up a Business, how Businesses organise their workforce, manage production, sell products and create financial records, then this is the right course for you.

In addition, you will investigate external environment issues and their effect on Business behaviour, how the law and Government decisions affect Businesses and how Business decisions can affect you, as a customer, an employee and as a citizen.


Course Title GCSE Business Studies
Overview Students apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. Students develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour.
Limitations High level of written English required, and ability to carry out relevant calculations (maths).
Most suitable for Students with an interest in Business and the study of Businesses, and a willingness to develop their written analytical and evaluative skills.
Qualification gained GCSE
Awarding Body and specification AQA GCSE Business Studies (8132)
Grading Grades 1 to 9
Main areas of knowledge understanding and skills Build Knowledge of:

Business in the real world

Influences on Business

Business Operations

Human Resources




AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of business concepts and issues.

AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of business concepts and issues to a variety of contexts.

AO3: Analyse and evaluate business information and issues to demonstrate understanding of business activity, make judgements and draw conclusions.


Assessment External Exam Paper 1 :

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes; 90 marks

Assesses: Business in the real world; Influences on business; Business operations; Human resources

External Exam Paper 2:

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes; 90 marks

Assesses: Business in the real world; Influences on business; Marketing; Finance

The two exams will be sat in the Summer term of Year 11.

Allows progression to A-level Business Studies, Vocational Studies in Business or A-level Economics; It also prepares you to set up your own Business or for work in any Business environment.
Expenses involved Revision guides, or visit expenses as appropriate
Curriculum Leader Miss M Spragg

Teachers of KS4 Business Studies

  • Miss M Spragg – Head of Business Studies
  • Mr M Dickson – Teacher of Business Studies and Deputy Head
  • Mrs L Ross – Teacher of Business Studies and ICT


Business is front-page news. The way companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, while TV programmes like The Apprentice and

Dragon’s Den have raised the profile of Business to a new generation.

The new specification brings the subject up-to-date, enabling students to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of what business is and does. 

Assessment objectives

Set by Ofqual, exams will measure how well students have achieved the following:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of terms, concepts, theories, methods and models to show an understanding of how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to business issues.
  1. Apply knowledge and understanding to various business contexts to show how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to issues.
  1. Analyse issues within business, showing an understanding of the impact on individuals and organisations of external and internal influences.
  1. Evaluate quantitative and qualitative information to make informed judgements and propose evidence based solutions to business issues.

AS level content

The AS course includes the following topics.

  1. What is business?
  2. Managers, leadership and decision making.
  3. Decision making to improve marketing performance.
  4. Decision making to improve operational performance.
  5. Decision making to improve financial performance.
  6. Decision making to improve human resource performance. 

AS level assessment

Assessment is by two one-and-a-half hour written exams at the end of the course.  These exams are to achieve the AS only and do not count towards the A-level.

Paper 1: Two compulsory sections, including multiple choice, short answer questions and data response questions.

Paper 2: One compulsory case study consisting of seven questions. 

A-level content

The A-level incorporates the same six topics as AS, plus the following additional topics:

  1. Analysing the strategic position of a business.
  2. Choosing strategic direction.
  3. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies.
  4. Managing strategic change.

 A-level assessment

The A-level is assessed by three two-hour written exams at the end of the course.

Paper 1: Multiple-choice questions, short answer questions and two essays.

Paper 2: Three compulsory data response questions.

Paper 3: One compulsory case study consisting of six questions.

 Testing quantitative skills

Both the AS and A-level assess quantitative skills, making up a minimum of 10% of the overall marks. The skills tested include ratios, averages, fractions, percentages and calculation of profit and loss.

Teachers of KS5 Business Studies

  • Miss M Spragg – Head of Department
  • Mr M Dickson – Teacher of Business Studies and Deputy Headteacher