Business Studies

Introduction

Business Studies is offered at KS4 and KS5. It considers real-life businesses and the way in which they operate. By studying the theory and applying it to the real world you will be able to better understand how decisions are made and can then make your own informed judgements and draw your own conclusions.

Key Stage 4

The GCSE in Business Studies is an established course which has been offered to students at Northolt High School for a number of years. It is a well known and well respected qualification with both academic institutions and employers alike. Because of the nature of the course the GCSE in Business Studies is an ideal entry into a wide range of career opportunities, and many of our students have gone on to Sixth Form and university and into a variety of successful careers. After the successful completion of the GCSEs you may choose to move up to A Level, or you may choose to get a job or train in the workplace.

YEAR 9

The following topics are covered:

  • Starting your own business
  • Marketing a business
  • People in business
     

YEAR 10

The following topics are covered:

  • Creativity in business
  • Producing goods and services
  • The economic environment
  • Business finance
     

YEAR 11

The following topics are covered:

  • Customer needs
  • Communication
  • Employee rights
  • Business law
KS4 Assessment & Examinations
Theme 1 Written examination for 1 hour 30 minutes 50%
Theme 2 Written examination for 1 hour 30 minutes 50%

Key Stage 5

At A level, Business Studies considers real-life businesses and the way in which they operate, by studying the theory and applying it to the real world.

Topics include: Starting your own Business, Marketing a Business, People in Business, Creativity in Business, Producing Goods and Services, the Economic Environment, Business Finance, Customer Needs, Communication, Employee Rights and Business Law.

YEAR 12

Theme 1: Marketing and people

  • Meeting customer needs
  • The market
  • Marketing mix and strategy
  • Managing people
  • Entrepreneurs and leaders


Theme 2: Managing business activities

  • Raising finance
  • Financial planning
  • Managing finance
  • Resource management
  • External influences


YEAR 13

Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy

  • Business objectives and strategy
  • Business growth
  • Decision-making techniques
  • Influences on business decisions
  • Assessing competitiveness
  • Managing change


Theme 4: Global business

  • Globalisation
  • Global markets and business expansion
  • Global marketing
  • Global industries and companies
KS5 Assessment & Examinations
Paper 1 Marketing, People and Global Businesses, 35% of the total qualification. Duration: 2 hours
Paper 2 Business Activities, Decisions and Strategy, 35% of the total qualification Duration: 2 hours
Paper 3 Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment, 30% of the total qualification Duration: 2 hours