GCSE Business

"The biggest risk is not taking any risk in a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." 

- Mark Zuckerberg - 


Curriculum Vision 

Our business and enterprise curriculum gives all of our students an understanding and insight into the world of work, looking at how businesses are established, run and how they benefit society. The business curriculum allows students to understand and look at: the economy, its people, how businesses operate and how they can run businesses ethically. We provide our students with opportunities to develop their enterprise skills and creativity and develop their understanding of finance in a business.  

All students 

  • Our curriculum enables all students to understand the economy, the role of business in society, how to analyse and evaluate different types of businesses and gain the skills necessary to gain employment and even develop their own entrepreneurial skills. 
  • All students have the opportunity to develop their leadership, communication, and presentation skills, which are transferrable skills they can then apply to their further studies, employment in later life or their wider life experiences. 
  • We believe that all students have the right to study and understand the world of business and enterprise, so that they can confidently navigate the world of business as adults. 

Good Communication skills, Confidence and Curiosity 

  • We develop students’ confidence and communication skills. Allow students to develop presentation skills and understanding how non-verbal communication such as body language is important 
  • Encourages students’ curiosity of the wider world of business and how businesses operate in multiple markets across the world.  

Development of a growth mindset 

  • To continuously develop students, we want to expand their knowledge of business and their curiosity of how businesses need to develop to survive and need to be aware of external factors Worldwide that can impact them. 
  • We expect our students to engage in further research and reading for them to extend their business knowledge beyond the classroom. 

Reasoned judgements using numerical data 

  • Students will be expected to call upon the Mathematical knowledge to look at business finance, financial formulas, and ratios to support businesses when making financial decisions.  


“Do what you love, and success will follow.
Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.” 

- Meg Whitman, CEO of Quibi - 


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Course Studied: GCSE Business

Specification Link:  https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/business-j204-from-2017 

Content overview

Business 01: Business activity, marketing and people

Students are introduced to business concepts and issues concerning the activities of a business. They explore the purpose and role of a business from spotting an opportunity through to the growth of an established business. They also look at the role of marketing and human resources.

Business 02: Operations, finance and influences on business

Students take a closer look at the role of operations and finance in business activity. Operations include production processes, quality of goods and services, customer service, and working with suppliers. Finance covers its role, its sources, costs, profit and loss, cash and cash flow.

They also explore how business responds to external influences, such as ethical and environmental considerations, the economic climate and globalisation, and the interdependent nature of business.

How the course is assessed: 

Students will complete regular assessments in GCSE Business and mock examinations.  At the end of Year 11 Unit 1 and Unit 2 are assessed with two 1 hour 30 minutes written exams, each with an equal weighting of 50% of the GCSE. Some questions will be multiple choice, some will be extended writing to test your ability to explain why you made a particular decision. 

University and Careers


The vast majority of students go on to study Business or Economics at University. The continual assessment model in BTEC prepares students well for coursework assignments/ dissertation work at university.


We provide a number of opportunities for our students to link our curriculum with the world of work and their future career aspirations:

  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Access Inspiration and Next Gen Work Experience Scheme
  • Careers Week
Career Pathways for Business

Below are some of the careers you can pursue with qualifications in Business: 

  • Entrepreneur 

  • Management 

  • Human Resources 

  • Accounting 

  • Banking 

  • Business Adviser 

Examples of apprenticeships that relate to business studies
Examples of apprenticeships that relate to computing:

The Business, IT and Enterprise Team

  • Mrs Julie Broomhead - Head of Department
  • Mr Ghulam Rasool - Teacher of BITE
  • Mr Paul Twibell - Teacher of BITE and Teacher of Creative Arts
  • Ms Amanda Nimmo - Teacher of BITE and Teacher of Maths

More Information

For more information on our curriculum please contact:

Mrs Julie Broomhead
Head of Business, Enterprise & IT