Business studies

Business Studies

Faculty of Computing & Business


Mrs S Pitcher - Head of Business Studies 

Mrs K McGloin - Head of Computing



Business is one of the most important forces in the modern day world. It touches everyone's life with most people working in or for a business in some capacity. A problem solving approach is at the core of teaching and learning in Business Studies and pupils are encouraged to form opinions based on evidence they have accumulated.


Our aim is to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the business world which will allow pupils to:

  • Develop an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Develop the skills to become independent thinkers and to be active participants in the world of work.

KS4 Curriculum 2017-2018

Year 9 & 10

Pupils who have chosen Business Studies at St Peter's follow the Edexcel GCSE in Business Studies course. The course consists of 2 Themes, each of which contains of 5 topics, and aims to build pupil's business knowledge, understanding and skills. In Year 9 pupils focus on Theme 1 - how to set up and run a small business. This involves exploring enterprise skills, marketing and finance.


Assessment takes place at the end of the course: Each Theme is externally assessed by a written examination.


Written examination

Percentage of total qualification

Investigating small business

1½ hours


Building a business

1½ hours


Year 11

In Year 11 pupils build on the knowledge, skills and understanding gained in Year 9 and 10 to complete the remaining two Units:

  • Unit 2 is the controlled assessment unit for the qualification. This requires the pupils to conduct independent investigation into a small business, so as to apply business concepts to a particular context. There are five tasks for the pupils to choose from, giving the pupils an opportunity to focus on an area that interests them most and that they can investigate most appropriately.
  • Unit 3 builds on Unit 1 and provides pupils with the opportunity to examine how a business develops beyond its start-up phase. The unit focuses on marketing, customer service, financial and people management, and also how economic changes can impact on a business.

Assessment: Edexcel GCSE Business Studies consists of three units; Units 1 & 3 are assessed through external examinations. Unit 2 is assessed through a controlled assessment task set by the exam board. Units 1 and 2 are worth 25%, Unit 3 is worth 50%.

Students complete controlled assessment in the summer term of Year 10. Examinations for Units 1 & 3 are completed in the summer exam series.