The Business Studies classrooms are found in the CM Block. Business Studies form part of the optional curriculum offer at KS4, with mixed ability grouping used. Students can elect to study Business Studies as post-16 courses or apprenticeships.

What will the students learn in Business Studies?

Business Studies lessons help develop enterprising minds so that the students understand how businesses are started and run, how companies have had to adapt to changing times, and how a growing business can eventually become a successful global brand. Students are encouraged to develop their Business and Enterprise skills as well as their knowledge as they progress through the course, with opportunities to take part in projects with local companies, as well as enterprise and business competitions, both in school and nationally. The department has a wide range of links with local companies and business networks, as well as running a successful Young Chamber in conjunction with Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.

How are the students assessed at GCSE?

100% externally assessed exams. This is organised into two 90 minute exams based on multiple choice and long answers, one exam per theme.

What is GCSE Business Studies like?

The GCSE comprises two themes, looking first at small business start-ups and entrepreneurship, and then looking at bigger companies.
Theme 1: Introduction to Small Business:

  • Enterprise & entrepreneurship
  • Spotting a business ppportunity
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the start-up effective
  • Understanding external influences on business

Theme 2: Building a Business:

  • Growing the business
  • Making marketing decisions
  • Making operational decisions
  • Making financial decisions
  • Making human resource decisions

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