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Business Studies


Mrs N Harvey – (Head of Department)
Miss M O’Neill
Mrs L Murphy
Mr N Kerr


The Business Studies Department is committed to providing pupils with exciting and up to date business knowledge and experience. Within our department we are a very close, hard-working team who work closely with our students to ensure that they achieve their best possible outcomes.

We strive to provide students with a better understanding of business through active participation in the business environment and give students an insight into how and why businesses operate.

Students develop a greater awareness of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities that organisations and individuals face as they conduct their business. They also have the opportunity to develop valuable transferable skills that will help them to access further education courses or become a valued employee.

Students learn and develop valuable skills such as team work, communication, using their initiative, and evaluation skills. Students take part in enterprise activities, industrial visits, trips abroad and throughout their time studying business studies they listen and ask questions to guest speakers.

We offer students in Key Stage 4 and 5 a variety of topics which provides them with the opportunity to develop their personal skills and abilities.

Key Stage 4 (Years 11 & 12)

CCEA Business and Communication

This course provides students with an in-depth examination of Business concepts and theory. It is an excellent foundation for anyone wishing to pursue a career in a Business-related field.

This course combines business and digital technology and provides a strong foundation for anyone wishing to pursue a career in either of these fields.

Unit One:
Software Applications for Business
External computer based exam
2 hours
Students complete tasks using a range of software applications
Unit two:
The Business Environment
External written exam35%
Unit Three:
Developing Digital Solutions
Controlled Assessment
Students project manage and develop a digital solution for a given problem within a business context.

Occupational Studies Level 2

Customer Service
This unit provides learners with a basic understanding of promoting themselves and their organisation by providing excellent customer care, dealing with all types of customers and how to plan for improvements to customer service in an organisation. Learners will reflect on their own attitude and skills and how they can be improved to become more successful in building positive relationships with customers and working effectively as part of a team. Learners will study the importance of customer care within a range of employment sectors. They will also be aware of legislation covering the rights of employees and customers and the importance of using customer opinions to plan improvements to customer service in an organisation.

Using Office Technology
This unit provides learners with a basic knowledge and understanding of administration practice together with the skills necessary to pursue careers as secretaries, administrators, receptionists or call centre personnel. Learners will have the opportunity to use a range of technological equipment found in the modern office. They will develop their proofreading skills, ensuring all documents are produced to the highest standard and meet agreed specifications.

Key Stage 5 (Years 13 & 14)

OCR Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Introductory Diploma
Cambridge Technicals offers students the opportunity to explore the world of business. Students study six units over the two years, two of which are mandatory. Created in collaboration with leading businesses, the qualifications explore all aspects of the business world including practical activities – ideal for a wide range of learning styles. They are exam-free and therefore suit all learning styles. They include hands-on practical experience based upon real life scenarios. They cover all core business functions – planning, HR, production, marketing. Students studying this course will complete the following modules.

Unit 1 – The Business Environment (M)
Unit 2 –  Business Resources (M)
Unit 3 – Health and Safety in the Workplace
Unit 4 – Business Accounting
Unit 5 – Human Resource Management
Unit 12 – Recruitment and Selection

WJEC AS and A level Business
The specification offers a contemporary, holistic approach to the subject, encouraging learners to develop tools to apply to a wide range of business techniques and concepts across a wide range of business contexts. The structure of the content is broadly similar to the previous WJEC specification, incorporating new content in four distinctive units –

  1. Business Opportunities
  2. Business Functions
  3. Business Analysis and Strategy and
  4. Business in a Changing World.

The structure of the assessment also follows a progressive and holistic approach.

  • AS Unit 1 uses short-answer questions and data response questions to assess the Business Opportunities content.
  • AS Unit 2 uses data response questions to assess all AS content.
  • A2 Unit 3 includes more complex data and extended answers to focus on the Business Analysis and Strategy content, but also drawing on and developing Business Opportunities and Functions content.
  • A2 Unit 4 progresses the assessment to require learners to give extended answers based on a case study and one essay which draws together the content from all four units.
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