Business and finance

MMA_VanDyke_2010_1_678There are three members of staff in the department who deliver the curriculum and have a wide range of experience, both within and outside education.

The department is successful at both GCSE and A level, with many students taking courses at both levels and having consistently improving results.  Students are introduced to the real business world using exciting real business case studies.

The Department offers a range of courses:

Key Stage 4 

GCSE Business Studies (Edexcel)

From September 2017

The course is divided into two sections:

• Theme 1 – Investigating Small Business 

(50% - assessed by written exam)

• Theme 2 – Building a Business

(50% - assessed by written exam)

The course is structured into two themes, taking students from how entrepreneurs start businesses (Theme 1) through to growing and global businesses (Theme 2).  There are two equally weighted exam papers, focusing on each specification theme.

Theme 1 concentrates on they key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business.  It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business.

Theme 2 examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase.  It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with an emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources.  It also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows.

Key Stage 5

A Level Business (Edexcel)

At AS level, Business introduces students to the challenges and issues of finance, marketing and people within business, including financial planning. It then focuses on how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions at a functional level.

At A2 level, Business considers strategies for larger businesses and how managers might measure the performance of the business.  Finally, it considers the affects that external factors can have on businesses and how a business can plan for and manage change, including leadership style and change in business culture.

Certificate and Diploma in Finance (LIBF)
(AS and A2 equivalents)
The Finance course has been designed to encourage students to be inspired to meet their lifestyle aspirations. This will be achieved by considering appropriate solutions from a wide range of financial products and services available within the dynamic and constantly evolving financial services marketplace. Students will learn how to make informed and confident decisions regarding their finances in the future.


For further information please contact:

Miss C Tuohy

Head of Business studies