Our aim is to provide young people with the highest quality education, accessible to students of all abilities.


Business is a subject that offers students a very wide scope to the real world. It informs them of the practical nature of the world we live in and the mechanisms that operate in our markets that impact on our lives. This subject is very broad combining theoretical learning with practical working examples. Such course develops students and attains a well meaning balanced to their learning and personal development to their future needs.

Students have a choice of the following Business courses:

A LEVEL Applied Business

This course provides knowledge and understanding of different areas of the business world. Students study a range of topics assessed both in an exam and coursework format. Students have the opportunity to gain broad background in Applied Business which allows students to continue with higher education courses at university.

Students will be exposed to a wide variety of businesses around the local area, nationally and globally. During the first year, students will focus on Loxford School and Sainsbury’s, where they will apply their knowledge with how aims and objectives are successfully met, to the way recruitment and selection is conducted in organisations.

Over the two years, the course is structured as follows:

  • AS Structure
    • Students complete a total of three units each equally weighted.
      • Unit 1 - Investigating Business - Coursework
      • Unit 2 - People in Business - Coursework
      • Unit 3 - Financial Planning and Monitoring - Exam
  • A2 Structure
    • The second year students complete a total of three units.
      • Unit 8 - Business Planning – Coursework
      • Unit 12 - Managing People – Exam
      • Unit 15 - Financial Accounting for Managers – Exam

A Level Business

Currently the A-Level Business course is over two years covering a multitude of concepts related to the business world. At present we are following the AQA examination board.

AS outline
At AS Level, this specification introduces candidates to the challenges and issues of starting a business, including financial planning. It then focuses on how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions at a functional level.

The AS specification has 2 units:

Unit 1: Planning and Financing a Business
Written Paper: 1 hour 15 minutes (60 marks)
Weighting: 40% of total AS marks/ 20% of total A Level marks
Short answer questions and extended responses based on a mini case study.

Unit 2: Managing a Business
Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks)
Weighting: 60% of total AS marks / 30% of the total A Level marks
Compulsory, multi-part data response questions are also done by students to gain full AS qualification.

A2 outline
At A2, this specification considers strategies for larger businesses and how managers might measure the performance of the business. Finally, it considers the effects 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.

The A2 specification has 2 units:

Unit 3: Strategies for Success
Written Paper: 1 hour 45 minutes (80 marks)
Weighting: 25% of total A Level marks
Questions requiring extended answers drawing upon AS materials. The focus will be on measuring business performance and assessing appropriate functional strategies to achieve success.
Unseen case study with a range of numerical data will be given to test students ability to analyse and evaluate business data.

Unit 4: The Business Environment and Change
Written Paper: 1 hour 45 minutes (80 marks)
Weighting: 25% of total A Level marks
A two part paper - Section A will contain questions based upon prior research.
Section B will be a choice of essay titles from which the candidate will select one. This will be a synoptic paper and draw on all the specification.
From the above information you can see that our students gain a broad understanding and an in-depth knowledge of the subject.

BTEC Business

BTEC Business covers three levels, foundation, intermediate and advance.

  • BTEC Certificate in Business (Level 1)
  • BTEC First Diploma in Business (Level 2)
  • BTEC National Diploma in Business (Level 3)

Each course is designed to help natural progression for the students all the way to higher education. The courses are a combination of theoretical and practical units to help students gain an in-depth understanding of the environment around them.

The courses are 100% coursework which are both internally and externally assessed. Staffs on each of the courses contribute to the design of the course units to meet the examination board’s requirement. As a Centre we have achieved full students progression ensuring that the courses match the students needs to achieve and move onto the next academic stage.

Each course is heavily supported in resources and teaching materials. Students have access to a wide forum of databases to ensure that they get a better understanding of the unit elements being covered. Students are given the opportunities to gain many transferable skills to personally develop themselves for either further, higher education or even for the job environment. The courses allow students to see how concepts are applied in the real market environment such presentation skills, interview skills, analytical and evaluative skills, problem solving, team-working and many more.

BTEC course details:

  • BTEC Certificate in Business

This is the foundation level in Business where the students will complete The Edexcel Level 1 BTEC Introductory qualifications in Business, Retail and Administrations are designed to widen participation and provide flexibility to enhance learner attainment at Level 1 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

The BTEC Introductory Diploma is equivalent to 4 GCSEs grade D-G and is composed of eight units: three Core units, two Personal Skills units and three Option units.
This qualification has been submitted to QCA for accreditation at Level 1 of the NQF.

Progression Students can access the BTEC Introductory qualifications having achieved appropriate qualifications or learning at, for example, BTEC Entry level or shown an interest or aptitude in business, retail or administration (e.g. 14-16 year olds).

Structure of BTEC Introductory Diploma in Business, Retail and Administration Learners will be required to study all three core units as well as two Personal Skills units and three option units. All Core units must be studied

Unit 1: Starting Work in Business, Retail and Administration
Unit 2: Working in Business, Retail and Administration
Unit 3: Introducing Customer Service
Personal Skills units - two units must be studied
Unit 4: Personal Effectiveness
Unit 5: Social Responsibility at Work
Unit 6: Financial Management
Optional units - three units must be studied
Unit 7: Ensuring Personal Health and Safety at Work
Unit 8: Communicating Effectively at Work
Unit 9: Introduction to Retail
Unit 10: Introduction to Administration
Unit 11: Work Experience

BTEC First Diploma in Business
The Edexcel Level 2 BTEC First Diploma is a 360 guided learning hour qualification comprising core and specialist units which cover aspects of knowledge, understanding and competency necessary for employment within the sector. As such the BTEC First Diploma offers a qualification which can extend a learner’s programme of study and provide vocational emphasis within their programme of study. Equally, the BTEC First Diploma offers a focused qualification for learners who wish to follow a programme of study that is directly related to their work experience, or to an aspect of employment that they wish to move into in due course.

Key features of the BTEC Firsts in Business
The BTEC Firsts in Business have been designed to develop knowledge and understanding in the business sector, focusing on providing opportunities:

For learners to acquire technical and employability skills, knowledge and understanding which are transferable and will enable individuals to meet changing circumstances for learners to gain a nationally recognised vocational qualification to enter employment of progress to other vocational qualifications such as:

  • BTEC National Award/Certificate/Diploma in Business
  • NVQs or Apprenticeship programmes in Administration, Customer Service or Retail
  • For learners who are employed in business organisations to develop their underpinning knowledge and skills
  • For learners to develop the major key skills and the wider key skills in context
  • For course teams to develop their own innovative courseware that will enthuse and motivate learners
  • For course teams to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of learners to meet the needs of the business sector.

Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Award in Business
The Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Award in Business consists of four core units plus two specialist units that provide for a combined total of 360 guided learning hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Award in Business
Unit Core units — all four units must be taken GLH Level

  1. Exploring Business Activity
  2. Investigating Business Resources
  3. Introduction to Marketing
  4. Effective People, Communication and Information

Unit Specialist units — choose a further fourteen units, some of these are:

  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Understanding Financial Accounting
  • Introducing Management Accounting
  • Investigating Accounting Systems
  • Exploring Creative Product Promotion
  • An Introduction to Marketing Research
  • Relationship Marketing
  • Investigating Internet Marketing
  • Investigating Recruitment and Selection

Please come to speak to a Business teacher regarding the various unit options available.

GCSE Business

Is this the right subject for me?
If you enjoy:

  • Communicating and explaining your ideas
  • Thinking creatively and making decisions
  • Working with numbers to solve business problems
  • Learning about the world of business through research and investigation, as well as through practical tasks then the GCSE Business course is the right subject for you.

What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?
It doesn't matter if you haven't studied business prior to taking this course. You might have an interest in business, and want to start your own business one day. You may have an enquiring mind and be interested in learning about the world around you, how businesses are set up, and what it is that makes someone a great entrepreneur. This course will help you to understand all this and more.

What will I learn?
While studying the first two units of this course you are likely to learn a lot of new things. You will be introduced to the world of small businesses and will look at what makes someone a successful business person. You will find out how to develop an idea and spot an opportunity, and turn that into a successful business. You will understand how to make a business effective and manage money. You will also see how the world around us affects small businesses and all the people involved.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 (25%) Unit 2 (25%) Unit 3 (50%)
You will take a written examination paper with multiple choice and objective test questions based on the unit
Controlled Assessment
You will be given a list of controlled assessment tasks to choose from. The tasks will be based on what you have studied in Unit 1
The questions will be a mixture of multiple choice, data response, short-answer, extended-writing and scenario-based questions

What can I do after I’ve completed the course?
No matter which route you follow, this business course can help you prepare for further and higher education such as AS/A2 Levels and BTEC courses.

You will become skilled in making decisions, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of a team.

A GCSE Business course could lead to work in a business-related profession such as accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry.

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