Business Studies

Curriculum Intent

The Technology team aim to develop resilient, independent and confident students who have practical and evaluative skills and analytical knowledge in our wide range of vocational subjects.

Students are encouraged to foster globally-responsible attitudes through investigating materials, technological developments and an understanding of sustainability on a local, national and international level.

All our subjects include an understanding of how the world works and going forward to anticipate jobs that have not yet even been created. Technology is an ever-expanding discipline that has problem solving at its core, is academic as well as practical, involves learning through doing and we hope above all, enjoyable.


Gold standard Teaching and Learning

  • High expectation of pupil behaviour at all times
  • Well planned and resourced series of lessons
  • An expectation that pupils will accept responsibility for their own learning and work independently
  • User of assessment criteria to be integral in developing students’ autonomy and understanding of their own progression and target setting
  • Subject specific language to be used by the teacher and students, across both Key Stages,so that the students’ become completely familiar with technical vocabulary in lessons  
  • High demands of pupil involvement and engagement with their learning
  • A range of practical, oral and writtenskills
  • Use of a range of learning strategiesto support students of all levels
  • Stretch and challenge through questioning, modelling and via the variety of tasks set
  • Assessment for learning
  • Effective use of summative data to inform short, medium- and long-termplanning 
  • DIRT
  • Regular use of encouragement and rewards to engage and motivate pupils 

Key Stage 4 Overview

Year 9

When What we are Studying?
Autumn 1 Theme 1.1 Enterprise
Autumn 2 Theme 1.2 Spotting Opportunities
Spring 1 Theme 1.3 Business Ideas
Spring 2 Theme 1.4 Start ups
Summer 1 Theme 1.5 Competitive Environment
Summer 2 Theme 1.5 Competitive Environment


Year 10

When What we are Studying?
Autumn 1 Theme 2.1 Grow a Business
Autumn 2 Theme 2.2 Marketing
Spring 1 Theme 2.3 Operational Decisions
Spring 2 Theme 2.4 Finance4
Summer 1 Theme 2.5 Human Resources
Summer 2 Theme 2.5 Training and Motivation


Year 11 2019-20

When What we are Studying?
Autumn 1 Theme 1 Markets and Competitive Advantage
Autumn 2 Theme 1 Recap for PPE – Competitive Environment
Spring 1 Theme 2 Finance Decisions
Spring 2 Theme 2 Recap for PPE – Operational and HR
Summer 1 Recap of key areas from PPE results


Key Stage 4 Examination Overview

Exam Board Details: Edexcel


Qualification Details

Paper 1 50% 1 ½ hours (Theme 1)

Paper 2 50% 1 ½ hours (Theme 2)


What resources could I buy or borrow that will help my child?

Pearson Revise Edexcel (9-1) Business Revision Guide ISBN 978-1-292-19071-6


What are the key websites or Apps that my child could use?

Bitesize GCSE


What can I do to encourage my child to take a further interest in Food?

Watch Dragons Den and The Apprentice to help understand the business world


What after school or other extracurricular activities are available in Food and when are they?

Planning a KS3 cooking skills after school session later in the year


Email links

To find out more about the curriculum we are studying please contact staff via email