Business Studies

Key Stage 4


Students follow the Edexcel exam board and the specification consists of both controlled assessments and exams.

Year 10 
In the first year of this course students are introduced to Unit 1, the world of small business and look at what makes someone a successful business person.  Students find out how to develop an idea and spot an opportunity, and turn that into a successful business.  They will understand how to make a business effective and manage money and will also see how the world around them affects small businesses and all the people involved.  Students take a written examination paper with multiple choice and objective test questions based on the unit at the end of the year.

Year 11
During the first part of Year 11 students complete the Unit 2 controlled assessment, which is based on everything they have learned during Year 10 for Unit 1.  It is designed to assess higher order skills including analysis and evaluation.  Students are required to do six hours of research based on one of five topics, which allows them to complete a report on the chosen business.

Students then complete Unit 3 where they learn more about how small businesses are developed and discover how they promote themselves and keep their customers happy. They learn how businesses manage both their finances and the people who work for them. At the end of the year students complete an exam based on what they have learnt.

Examination Board


% Components

75% External 25% Internal

Key Stage 5


Paper 1: Marketing, People and Global Business (35%)

Topics include; Meeting customer needs, the market, the marketing mix and strategy, managing people, entrepreneurs and leaders.

Paper 2: Business Activities, Decision and Strategy (35%)

Topics include; Raising finance, financial planning, managing finance, resource management, external influences, business objectives and strategy, business growth, decision-making techniques, influences on business decisions, assessing competitiveness and managing change.

Paper 3: Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment (30%)

Topics include; Globalisation, global markets and business expansion, global marketing, global industries and companies (multinational corporations).

Examination Board: Edexcel

  • The AS-level is embedded in the A-level: Themes 1 and 2 are the same for both the AS and A-level specifications.
  • There are three externally assessed papers at A-level. Each paper comprises 100 marks and is two hours in duration. Questions comprise short answer, data response and essay.
  • A-level Paper 3 has a broad pre-released context to support the investigative nature of the qualification.
  • There are two externally assessed papers at AS-level. Each paper comprises 80 marks and is 1.5 hours in duration. Questions comprise short answer, data response and essay.

Useful for…

The qualification is suitable for students wishing to study business and other degree level courses in further education. The A-level business course is practical in its nature, providing students with the tools to succeed in the ‘real world’ of business. Topics such as recruitment and selection include skill sets such as interviewing techniques and CV/Job application writing. 


Students have the opportunity to visit various businesses in the local area and nationally (Schweppes, Cadbury UK and Merlin Entertainment). Guest speakers from well-established businesses will attend Ruislip High School in order to enrich students’ knowledge and experience of the business world.

There will be the opportunity to compete in the prestigious Young Enterprise project, which is a national competition including allocated UCAS points for successful completion.