Business Studies

Christ23Subject Introduction

Business Studies at Christ's is offered as an elective subject at GCSE and BTEC. The aim is to allow students to develop a better understanding of the way in which the business world operates.

Business Studies is taught by a dedicated subject specialist, Ms Vashisht.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 4

The Business Studies GCSE is designed for candidates of all abilities to allow them to develop a better understanding of the way in which the business world operates.  It employs an analytical, evaluative and investigative approach to the study of business studies.  It will require candidates to both understand the dynamic environment in which business operates, and appreciate many and varied factors that impact upon business activity and behaviour in the twenty-first century.

Students follow the OCR exam board and are assessed in particular aspects of all business activity and behaviour.  The course is split into three units of assessment; each unit comprising discrete content:

Marketing and Enterprise (25%) is assessed internally via a controlled assessment.

Business and People (25%) is externally assessed by a means of an unseen question-and-answer style examination paper.

Production, Finance and the external business environment (50%) is externally assessed by means of a question-and-answer style examination based on a pre-released case study stimulus material.

Internal assessment is taken periodically each half-term. 

Topics covered

During Years 10 and 11 students will cover the following topics:

  • Marketing: Market research and data collection; the marketing mix; marketing in the wider business environment
  • Enterprise: Enterprise and the entrepreneur; the business plan
  • Business and People
    • The structure of business activity: the need for business activity; business ownership, trading organisations, growth and location
    • The workforce in business: employment and retention; organisation and communication
  • Production, Finance and External Environment:
    • Using and managing resources to produce good and services: types of production methods; management and control of production; production costs
    • Financial information and decision making: sources of finance; financial forecasting and analysis
    • External influences on business activity: the competitive environment; environmental influences and business ethics; government and the UK economy; globalisation and UK business

Key Stage 5

We offer Business Studies as a BTEC, and follow the Edexcel specification. This course will enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of the business sector with an emphasis on developing skills relevant to the workplace.

This course is offered at both Extended Certificate and Diploma level. BTEC Business Studies is taught by a dedicated subject specialist, Ms Vashisht.

Year 1

In Year 1 students study four units which include:  The Business Environment; Business Resources;  Introduction to Marketing;  Business Communication;  Business Accounting;  Internet Marketing and Business;  Development Teams;  Events Management and Understanding Retailing.

Year 2

In Year 2 students study a further four units which include:  Management Accounts; Accounting Systems;  Marketing Research in Business;  Recruitment and Selection;  Human Resource Management;  Aspects of Contract and Business law;  Aspects of Civil Liability;  Starting a Business and Business Ethics. (these units may be subject to change)


The assessment is by Coursework (60%) and Exam (40%).  This 8 unit qualification is equivalent to two full A Levels.

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular

Students are encouraged to carry out independent research on local businesses. We have a weekly drop-in Business Studies surgery for students to further develop ideas or to expand their knowledge of concepts. Visits are to help consolidate concepts and provide exposure real-world business scenarios.

Life after Christ’s

The qualification will allow for a number of progression routes including Higher Education (e.g. BA Degree in Business Studies/Management), other Applied Business related qualifications and subsequent employment.

Links and Resources

  • The subject teacher
  • Reference material including Business Review and Economist magazines, daily newspapers and many textbooks for study in the library
  • BBC business news website
  • The internet for research purposes


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