Business Studies


Business Studies at Christ's is offered as an elective subject at A Level. 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.


A Level - KEY STAGE 5

We offer Business Studies at AS and A level, and follow the Edexcel specification. Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues. Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

The Advanced level single award studies 4 Themes from the Scheme of Assessment.  The Themes covered are as follows: 

Theme 1: Marketing and People - students develop an understanding of: meeting customer needs, the market, marketing mix and strategy, managing people and entrepreneurs and leaders.

Theme 2: Managing Business Activity - students develop an understanding of: raising finance, financial planning, managing finance, resource management and external influences.

Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy - students develop an understanding of: business objectives and strategy, business growth, decision-making, influences on business decisions, assessing competitiveness and managing change.

Theme 4: Global Business - here students develop an understanding of: globalisation, global markets and business expansion, global industries and companies (multinational companies)


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 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