Business Studies

Business activity is encountered constantly throughout your daily routines – from eating your breakfast cereal to travelling to school; from purchasing your snacks at break to using stationery during lessons. Just think about how many businesses you have encountered during a typical day! This gives you an idea of the massive scope Business Studies represents.

Business Studies is a highly popular subject at GSA both at KS4 and KS5. The Business Studies department at GSA operates an inclusive recruitment policy for students at KS4 and Post 16. Students are offered a GCSE or Vocational pathway at KS4. At Post 16 students are advised onto the BTEC Extended Certificate in Business single award route or the BTEC Diploma in Business, double award.

The department has strengthened over the last few years and is now consistently producing good and outstanding outcomes for students at both KS4 and Post 16. It is an exciting time for the business department, with a newly developed learning area for KS5 students to develop their business interest further.

Study Support

We offer a range of study support options. After school booster sessions are held regularly to support students with their homework, coursework or independent study. Twilight Sessions are targeted at Post 16 students to provide a conducive environment to complete coursework and consolidate learning prior to summer exams. There are also sessions held in half term that are targeted and drop in sessions for students focused on coursework through the year and then exam preparation for the summer exams.


Educational visits are an integral part of any Business Studies course. They allow students to gain a real life experience of the concepts studied in the classroom. At GSA we endeavour to provide students with varied opportunities to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the broad range of topics explored. The purpose of these visits enables students to fully develop their application, analysis and evaluative skills: essential in all elements of written work and examination answers to achieve success at a high level.

Year 10 students visit both Birmingham International Airport and Merry Hill Shopping Centre. Year 11 & Year 12 go to Twycross Zoo and Conkers Discovery Centre. Year 13 have a BTEC City of London Financial Tour and visit Harry Potter’s World (Marketing Visit).


Mrs R Odedra:  [email protected]

Business Studies is not offered at Key Stage 3.

However, a Dragons’ Den style project is delivered via Y9 ICT lessons during Autumn term 2.

Business Studies is a popular option at KS4 within the Academy with an increasing number of students choosing to study the subject. The courses on offer are ideal for students who may like to start their own business, are intrigued about how businesses operate and enjoy researching how and why businesses start; where some succeed and others fail. In lessons students will benefit from team working, problems solving, decision making, presenting ideas and showing a flair for being business minded.

GCSE Pathway
Year 10
  • Unit 1 Business in the Real World
  • Unit 2 Influences on Businesses
  • Unit 3 Operations Management
  • Unit 4 Human Resources
  • End of Y10 exam preparation, revision & exam practice questions
Year 11
  • Year 10 Recap & Catch-up
  • Unit 5 Marketing
  • Unit 6 Finance
  • GCSE Mock Paper 1 & Paper 2
  • External Exam Revision - All Topics

Paper 1: Influences of Operations and HRM on Business Activity; written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes, worth 50% of a GCSE grade

Paper 2: Influences of Marketing and Finance on Business Activity; written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes, worth 50% of a GCSE grade

At Key Stage 5 students will develop a sound understanding of the business world and the range of areas within this subject. Students will be able to explore how a business operates in its environment as well as how Marketing and Finance functions, help a business to achieve its aims and objectives.

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  • Business - BTEC National Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A Level);
  • BTEC National Diploma (equivalent to two A Levels) – Depends on student demand
Key Achievements
  • 100% passed at D* - P
  • 18 students (20% of the cohort) from the Summer 2014 Cohort have gone onto study Business or business with joint honors degrees.
  • Students have gone onto study their degrees at Aston Business School, University of Birmingham, University of Central England, Coventry University, Wolverhampton University, and other local universities and higher educational institutions.