Business Studies

Christ23Subject Introduction

Staff Contact Details: Luke Giles, Olivia Hepburn

Business Studies at Christ's is offered as an optional subject in Years 10 and 11. The Business and Enterprise V-Cert provides an introduction to business and enterprise with a vocational and hands-on element. The V-Cert allows students to transition to BTEC Business taught in the Sixth Form. 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 two dedicated subject specialists, Mr Giles and Ms Hepburn.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 4

The Business and Enterprise V Cert is designed for candidates of all abilities, designed for learners who want an introduction to business and enterprise that includes a vocational and hands-on element. It has been developed to enthuse and inspire learners about a career in business and enterprise. The qualification will appeal to learners who wish to either set up their own business, move into employment or progress onto further study. 


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

  • Introduction to Business and Enterprise
  • Marketing for Business and Enterprise
  • Finance for Business and Enterprise
  • Plan, Outline and Take Part in a Business or Enterprise Project


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.

Year 12: In Year 1 students study four units which include: The Business Environment; Managing an Event; Developing a Marketing Campaign; International Business

Year 13: In Year 2 students study a further four units which include: Personal and Business Finance; Digital Marketing; Principle of Management; Business Decision Making 


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


Homework for VCERT /BTEC is generally set a minimum of 30/60 minutes respectively on a regular basis with all students clearly aware of the dates of submission and the demands of the course task – these tasks will be available in the Google Classroom and shared with students during lessons.

Types of homework: There are lots of possibilities where the teacher will try to give a variety of homework through the year and ensure they are relevant and aid learning and understanding, for example:

Textbook work                            Worksheet

Business terms/spelling                 Project work (research and use of ICT)

Case study                                 Revise definitions

Revision                                     Exam style questions


Enterprise projects

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.


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.

The Business BTEC qualification promotes a work ethic and professional development that is well received by industry as it develops interpersonal and practical thinking, working to deadlines, taking responsibility and effective time management.

The percentage of students entering university holding a BTEC has risen from 24.9% in 2014 to 26.0% in 2015.



Exam Board: VCERT Level 2


Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

Course Code: RQF BTEC National Level 3: Business


Past papers:



Revision guides



Pearson BTEC National Business Student Book 1 (ISBN 9781292126241 & Book 2 (ISBN 9781292126258)

Revision guides 


  • 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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