Ethos and Overview

The aim of the department is to develop each student's understanding of the practises that businesses use on a day-to-day basis and to widen their understanding of the world around them. Students will develop their ability to be innovative and creative, whilst improving their skills in team work, communication and problem solving. Students are encouraged to be enterprising, adopting a "can do" attitude and to develop the confidence to communicate effectively. Whilst the department prides itself on excellent examination results, it also realises the value of hard-working, committed students who achieve their potential.

Key Stage 4 Business
BTEC Level 2 First Award in Business

Who is suitable for this course?

Students who are keen to learn the theoretical background to businesses and how they operate. They will need to have good literacy, numeracy and communication skills in order to meet the demands of the course.
Topics for the various units include:

Enterprise in the Business World
  • Trends in the business environment
  • Planning ideas for a new business
  • Presenting a business model for a business start up

Finance for Business
  • Online examination looking at costs, business planning and measuring success

Promoting a brand
  • Exploring the use of branding and the promotional mix
  • Developing and promoting a brand for business

Recruitment, Selection and Employment
  • Know about job roles and functional areas in a business
  • Producing documentation for specific job roles
  • Demonstrating interview skills and planning career development

This course is 75% portfolio work and 25 % examination based, where the students gain a qualification deemed equivalent to 1 GCSE. 

The department prides itself on its excellent examination success for all its course from BTEC to A Level with a team of excellent teachers and resources, and all students are encourage to maximise their potential.

GCSE Business Studies
This course was introduced two years ago to cater for those with  higher prior attainment who are interested in a Business qualification. Topics include Marketing, Human Resources, operations and Finance and the course is assessed through two examinations and a controlled assessment.

Key Stage 5 Business
In the Sixth Form we currently offer two courses, BTEC Business Extended Certificate  and 'A' level Business Studies.

We offer an excellent 'A' level Business Studies course where last year we achieved a 100% pass rate with all students obtaining the highest three grades 'A-C'. The course consists of modules in Business Environment, Business Behaviour and Marketing. All of the modules are assessed through examinations.

As an extra-curricular activity the department offers all Sixth Form students the opportunity of joining the Young Enterprise scheme whereby the students can set up and run their own professional company, taking part in trade fairs and competitions.

The College has been very successful with Young Enterprise, winning the local area finals regularly; the County Finals 8 times and the East of England one year. Also, we were 4th in the National Finals.