Business Studies


Mrs S-J Flannigan (Head of Department)

Subject Overview

Business Studies examines the workings of a business and its relationship with the outside world and is a very useful subject for expanding pupils’ general knowledge, providing excellent preparation for life outside the classroom.

This subject will therefore appeal to pupils who are interested in current issues and finding out what goes on in the world around them.  It is a broad-based subject suited to pupils who display strengths in either mathematical or arts subjects.

Skills developed in Business Studies

Problem-solving and decision-making are important skills gained as well as research and analysis, teamwork, communication and creativity.  The emphasis is on applying knowledge to business situations.  Information technology is used throughout the course to reflect its use in the business world.

Topics studied include:

Marketing and Market Reseach Finance E-Commerce Production
Production Human Resources International Trade and Globalisation European Union
International Trade Environmental Issues Consumer Laws Quality
Human Resources Communication Macro-Economic Issues Business Ethics

Throughout the GCSE and A’Level courses pupils are encouraged to relate to real-life situations to illustrate theory learn and where possible we will visit businesses to assist this.

Key Stage 4

Through studying GCSE in Business Studies, pupils gain business knowledge, understanding and skills. They begin to understand current events in local, national and global contexts. They learn how to use relevant terms, concepts and methods effectively to describe business and economic behaviour. Students also consider business ethics and the impact of business on the environment.

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Key Stage 5

Through studying Business Studies pupils will gain an insight into the world of business.  They will learn how to develop enterprising and creative solutions to business problems and issues both on a national and international scale, whilst becoming aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals.

The AS course examines the competitive business and the management of business resources while the A2 course concentrates on business decision-making and the impact of external factors on business decisions.

Real-life case-studies are used throughout the course and pupils are encouraged to become aware of business related issues.

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Career Opportunities

There are many different Business related degrees that can be pursued at university.

Business related degrees are obviously useful as an entry to the business world in fields such as Accountancy, Marketing, Human Resources, Travel and Tourism, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Retailing, Banking, Business Enterprise.  A Business degree is also a good broad based multidiscipline degree useful for many careers such as Law, Journalism, Politics and Information Technology.  Alternatively Business degrees combine well with other specialisms, for example languages.

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