Business Studies

The Business Studies department aims to:

  • Encourage students to develop an enthusiasm for studying business
  • Allow students to gain holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts
  • Aid students to develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants
  • Help students understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives
  • Generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues
  • Enable students to be aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals
  • Encourage students to acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem solving, the challenging of assumptions and critical analysis
  • Aid students in applying numerical skills in a range of business contexts

In Business Studies students examine how a business organisation operates in theory, and then relate this to real-life situations. Students are given the opportunity to improve their analysis and evaluation skills as they apply theory to real business scenarios.

Within the AS course decision making is considered from the perspective of Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Operations. At A2 students are given the opportunity to consider businesses from a strategic perspective including managing change and internationalisation.

Enrichment activities include an opportunity to ‘virtually’ invest £100,000 in the stock market through the nationwide Student Investor Challenge, to use their entrepreneurial skills to turn £10 into a profit through the Young Enterprise ‘Tenner Challenge’. We also benefit from outside speakers who are able to bring real business experience into the classroom and also a trip to a car manufacturer.