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Business Studies

Business Studies is an extremely popular choice at GCSE and A level. As well as studying business theory, students are either members of the JUBUS or ECOBUS (the junior business and senior business clubs), ably manned by the students themselves with guidance from the course tutors. The students organise conventions, seminars, solicit funds for charity, arrange presentations from business leaders drawn from a variety of sectors in the corporate world and undertake educational tours to various destinations.

In addition, students are able to participate in a stock market competition that runs through the term, revolving around the FTSE 100 index, and are encouraged to arrange internship positions in the corporate world as part of the broad exposure to the world of business through work experience postings.

GCSE Business Studies

Students in Year 10 can opt to study an GCSE with the Cambridge Examination Board. Candidates begin to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business, and the role it plays in society. Students gain the following skills and knowledge:

  • Different forms of business organisations
  • The Business environment
  • Marketing
  • Operations management
  • Finance
  • The role of people in business
  • Accounting
  • Communication

Students are assessed through a short answer/data response paper and questions from a case study. The syllabus provides both a foundation for further study at A level and an ideal preparation for the world of work.

A level

Students follow the CIE syllabus, with a focus on the following key areas:

  • Operations and project management
  • Strategic management
  • The role of Business in society and the business environment
  • The role of people in organisations
  • Marketing
  • Accounting and finance

Students are assessed through a combination of essay and short answer questions, including a case study. The syllabus provides both a foundation for further study at university level and an ideal preparation for the world of work. Business Studies is a valued entrance qualification to higher education and is highly desirable for business/management degree courses.