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Business Studies

The Business Studies Department at Loreto offers a range of business studies courses. In Years 10 and 11 students can start to learn about the world of business by studying GCSE Business or GCSE Business and Communication Systems at GCSE level. In the sixth form students are able to study AS and A2 Business or a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Business if they wish to take a more practical approach to the subject.

Business is front-page news on a daily basis. The way companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, while TV programmes such as The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den have raised the profile of Business to a new generation.

Studying a business qualification enables students to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of what business is and does. It offers students an insight into the world in which they will eventually be working in.


Key Stage 4

Students in Year 10 will follow the new AQA GCSE Business specification which is ready for teaching from September 2017. Year 11 students will continue to follow the previous AQA GCSE Business specification and will be the final cohort to complete this qualification.


Year 10

Y10 students follow the AQA GCSE Business specification 8132:  Year 10 AQA Business Specification


Paper 1: Influences of operations and HRM on business activity

Written Paper (1 hour 45 minutes)

50% of the qualification


Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity

Written Paper (1 hour 45 minutes)

50% of the qualification


Year 11

Y11 students following the AQA GCSE Business specification 4133:  Year 11 AQA Business Specification


Unit 1 – Setting up a Business

Written Paper (1 hour)

40% of the qualification


Unit 2 – Growing as a Business

Written Paper (1 hour)

35% of the qualification


Unit 3 – Investigating Businesses

Controlled Assessment

25% of the qualification


Homework will be set once a week for each of the qualifications offered in KS4. The homework activity is expected to take 45 minutes to an hour to complete.

If any student should need support in completing a piece of homework set by the department in KS4 she should see her business teacher during the lesson, break or lunchtime to gain the appropriate support and guidance.  This should be sought by the student at least two days before the deadline.

The websites listed below can help to provide support and further reading for students completing the KS4 qualifications in business:



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Students may have opportunities during their study to experience visits to places of interest that would assist in linking their understanding of business theory to the business world. Guest speakers may also be organised when appropriate to provide students with in insight into specific topics within the course. Students may also be encouraged to attend revision workshops organised by the examining board to support revision and exam technique.


Key Stage 5

Students follow the AQA AS Business (7131) and A-Level Business (7132) specifications: AQA A Level Business Specification


Over the two year qualification students will cover the following topics:

●     What is business?

●     Managers, leadership and decision making

●     Decision making to improve marketing performance

●     Decision making to improve operational performance

●     Decision making to improve financial performance

●     Decision making to improve human resource performance

●     Analysing the strategic position of a business

●     Choosing strategic direction

●     Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

●     Managing strategic change


Independent study tasks will be set for students once a week and are expected to take 60 minutes to complete.

If any student should need support with the course it is expected the student should see their business teacher during their lesson, break or lunchtime in order to make an appointment for a time convenient to both parties. During the appointed time the appropriate support and guidance will offered as well as an opportunity to arrange a follow up appointment if necessary.


The websites listed below can help to provide support and further reading for students completing the AS and A Level qualifications in business:


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Page updated September 2017