Business subjects encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. Courses should prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11 - Exam Board OCR

The 9 – 1 OCR Business GCSE consists of 2 examined units both taken in the summer of Year 11. Both examinations consist of compulsory multiple-choice questions following by case-study based questions which examine the skills of knowledge, application, analysis and evaluation and rise in complexity. Unit 1 examines business activity, marketing and people whilst Unit 2 examines operations, finance and influences on business. Both examinations are marked out of 80 and comprise 50% of the overall mark.


Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13 - Exam Board Edexcel

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Business is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers.

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.