Key Stage 4

    Year 9, 10 & 11 GCSE Business Communication

    GCSE qualifications in business subjects encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors.

    The GCSEs prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

    GCSE qualifications in business subjects enable students to:

    ■ actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds

    ■ use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements

    ■ develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts

    ■ appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities

    ■ consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.

    Year 9, 10 & 11BTEC First Award in Business

    The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award:

    • is a level 2 qualification; however, it is graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit,
    • Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction*, Level 1 and Unclassified
    • is a 120 guided-learning-hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE)
    • has core units and optional units
    • has 25 per cent of the qualification that is externally assessed. Edexcel sets and marks these assessments will be available on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
    • presents knowledge in a work-related context gives learners the opportunity to develop and apply skills in English and mathematics in naturally occurring, work-related contexts
    • provides opportunities for synoptic assessment

    Students will apply the skills and knowledge gained from the core units when studying the optional units.

    For further information on the Business Level 1/2courses please visit the Edexcel website (

    Key Stage 5 Sixth Form

    Year 12 BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary in Business

    The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma extends the specialist work-related focuses and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units.

    It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

    The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers an engaging programme, which can extend their experience of work in a particular sector or further studying. It may also be a suitable qualification for those wishing to change career or move into a particular area of employment.

    Year 13 BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business

    The 120-credit BTEC Level 3 Diploma broadens and expands the specialist work-related focus from the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

    There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for employment in the appropriate vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a particular area of work.

    It is broadly equivalent to two GCE A Levels.

    The qualification prepares for a specialist area of employment or to progress to a Level 3 programme. It can extend the specialism they studied on the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma programme.

    For further information on BTEC Business Level 3 courses please visit the Edexcel website (

    Business Educational visits

    These visits have included Thorpe Park, Cadburys World and the Coca Cola Plant, which have benefited the students from key stages 4 & 5 by bringing the industry alive giving them a first-hand experience of the manufacturing and business world.