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Business Studies, Economics and Enterprise

Business Studies

Business Studies can be taken at Key Stage 4 and 5.

In Key Stage 4 GCSE Business Studies concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a business, focusing on small businesses in Year 10 and larger businesses in Year 11. The course is engaging, relevant and draws on contemporary examples and case studies.

Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5, the A Level Business Studies course considers business in a variety of contexts and the importance of the context of business in relation to decision making; the interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness; the competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate; the influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues; the factors that might determine whether a decision is successful (e.g. the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty); how technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete; the impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions and the use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making.


In Key Stage 4, elements of Economics are studied within the new 9 – 1 GCSE in Business. 

In Key Stage 5, A Level Economics focuses on both the macro and micro element of Economics and the area of decision making in both elements. Economics allows students to apply theory to real life scenarios and situations whilst developing the critical analysis so important to its successful study.



We are developing new technical pathway offers for Key Stage 4 and for Key Stage 5, both of which would begin to be studied in September 2018.