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 Departmental Intent


The Business curriculum will ensure pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the world of Business and that of the wider world so students know their place in it.

The curriculum will equip students to be prepared for employment by giving them a day to day understanding of moving from school to the world of work.



Unit(s) Title: 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship
Topics Include:
  • What are the impacts to a business of operating in a competitive environment?
  • What is enterprise and entrepreneurship.
Unit(s) Title: Spotting a business opportunity:
Topics Include:
  • Why do businesses need to consider customer needs and market research in order to be successful


Unit(s) Title: Putting a business idea into practice:
Topics Include:
  • How do you make a business idea happen? and what financial aspects should a business know and use.


Unit(s) Title: Making the business effective:
Topics Include:
  • How likely is the business idea is going to be a success?  Why do businesses need to consider location factors, marketing mix and business plans to be successful?


Unit(s) Title: Understanding external influences on businesses
Topics Include:
  • Outline ways in which the economic climate might impact business including stakeholders, technology, legislation and the economy.
Unit(s) Title: Revision until end of year exam:


Unit(s) Title: Growing the business
Topics Include:
  • What are the methods of growth and how and why business aims and objectives change as businesses evolve?
  • What is the impact of globalisation and the ethical and environmental issues facing businesses.
Unit(s) Title: Making marketing decisions:
  • How is the marketing mix managed and used to inform and make business decisions in a competitive market place?


Unit(s) Title: Making operational decisions:
Topics Include:
  • The purpose of business operations and different types.
  • The impact of different types of production process and the Impacts of technology on production.
Unit(s) Title: 2.4 Making financial decisions:

Topics Include:

  • How do businesses meet customer needs through the design, supply, quality and sales decisions?



Unit(s) Title: Making human resource decisions:
Topics Include:·      
  • When growing a business what organisational structure, recruitment, training and motivation decisions need to be made?
Unit(s) Title: Revision and final exams

KS4 Qualification Information

Course Title: GCSE

Exam Board: Edexcel

Theme 1: Investigating small business – Content overview

● Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

● Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

● Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice

● Topic 1.4 Making the business effective

● Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business


Theme 2: Building a business – Content overview

● Topic 2.1 Growing the business

● Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions

● Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions

● Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions

● Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions

Examination Description: Exam 100%.

For more information please contact the head of department: Stephen Bradshaw