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Business is all around us in everyday life. Whatever path you take in life, be it sport, media, music, retail, banking and many more, you will be working for a business. Learning about business will give you an understanding of how businesses operate which you will be able to put into practice once in employment.

The aims of the business department are for all pupils to gain a well-rounded knowledge of business and what it takes to be successful. We aim for pupils to learn different skills and qualities expected in business which will also help them to gain employment after their education. Over the past four years, the department has had a 100% pass rate in all courses which we continue to strive for each and every year.

We work hard in the business department to ensure that pupils gain as much real life experience as possible. We often use guest speakers from business to bring pupils' learning in the classroom to life. We also arrange many trips on business related courses which we believe are crucial to pupils in applying their learning to real life situations.

What further study or employment could following your subject lead to?

Most students who study business in the sixth form go on to study business related courses at University and some go on to employment and apprenticeships.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Applied Business (Edexcel)

In year 10 students will study the first of 2 units ‘Investigating how Businesses Work’. This will be assessed via a piece of coursework completed in controlled conditions. In year 11 students study their final unit ‘Financial records’ which assessed via an examination.

BTEC Level 2 Certificate in business (Edexcel)

Year 10 units:

  • Unit 1 – Enterprise in the Business World - Coursework
  • Unit 2 – Finance for Business – External Examination
  • Unit 3 – Promoting a Brand – Coursework
  • Unit 6 – Introducing Retail business

Year 11 units:

  • Unit 4 – Principles of Customer Service - Coursework
  • Unit 5 – Sales and Personal Selling – Coursework
  • Unit 8 – Recruitment. Selection and Employment - Coursework
  • Unit 9 – Principles of Marketing – External Examination

BTEC Courses

In each of the edexcel BTEC courses listed below students will complete a portfolio of coursework which will be assessed internally throughout the year.

  • BTEC Level 3 Business
  • BTEC Level 3 Applied Law
  • BTEC Level 3 Public Services
  • BTEC Level 2 Business
  • BTEC Level 2 Hospitality

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Young Enterprise

Pupils have the opportunity to set up and run their own micro business. Last year pupils set up their business selling 'SnugaMug' which involved everything included in running a business from production through to marketing, selling and finance.

Student Investor

This national competition involves teams investing £100,000 of virtual money in the stock market. Pupils will need to keep portfolios healthy by reading and forecasting market information to identify which shares to buy and sell in order to make a profit.

The business department offers many opportunities for students to take part in trips as well as experience guest speakers coming into the school. Trips in 2012-2013 included:


  • Boots Head Office
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • IKANO Commercial Director Visit
  • Capital One
  • Business Master Class at Nottingham Trent University
  • John Lewis


  • Magistrates Court
  • Browne Jacobson Offices
  • Magistrates Courts

Public Services

  • Visits by the Grenadier Guards
  • Canoeing and Sailing at Colwick Water Park


  • Hotel Ibis, Nottingham