Business Studies

Business Studies Education Department

Head of Business Studies – Mr R Breen
Teacher of Business Studies – Mr G Hetherington

Business Studies is a dynamic subject which seeks to engage pupils on a variety of levels. It challenges pupils to take an interest in the ever changing world of business and economics which we are a part of as well as helping them to develop the understanding and skills necessary to fulfil their role as active and responsible citizens. GCSE and A-level Business Studies also provides a good basis on which to develop further study of the subject.

Business Studies is offered to all pupils from Years 10 -14 in school.


Key Stage 3 and 4 Business Studies

Pupils now have the opportunity to formally study Business Studies at Key Stage 3 Level. Year 10 pupils have a taster term undertaking business topics during a set period on the school timetable. Pupils also devise a marketing plan and a TV advert for their Business.

At GCSE we follow the CCEA Business course which looks at an overview of business practices including Ownership and Control, financial planning, the process of Marketing, Human Resource Management, International Trade and entrepreneurship. The course is assessed through a small controlled assessment task worth 20% and an exam in June of Year 11 worth 40% and a final exam in June of Year 12 also worth 40%

Key Stage 5 Business Studies

Business Studies at Key Stage 5 continues on the work at Key Stage 4 on various aspects of the world of business and encourages students to consider the impact of the business environment, workplace organisation, human resources management and effective communication on the running of businesses. Offered as a A Level option in Year 13, students analyse how a business is organised and how it operates, studying aspects such as accounting and finance, human resources, marketing and production, whilst reflecting on the benefits, limitations and effects of the recent rapid advances in the use of ICT.

Throughout the two years, students gain communication skills to compose appropriate and coherent responses to business problems and learn to make reasoned judgements about the selection, presentation and interpretation of data as to ensure the effective communications of information. Students also acquire useful practical skills in a wide range of computer applications integral to the business environment.

Extra Curricular Activities

We as a school work very closely with Young Enterprise Northern Ireland. We actively take part in a number of programmes including the Company Programme for our Key Stage 5 pupils where they set up and run a real company. this gives them a valuable insight into the real world or business. Our programmes:

  • help students and teachers track progress and embed learning through our Learner Development Journey.
  • provide students with the opportunities to populate their Progress File.
  • support schools to deliver of the skills development requirements of the Curriculum
  • are recommended by teachers – 95% would recommend a Young Enterprise programme.
  • and by students – 90% would recommend a Young Enterprise programme to their friends and family.

Employability Competencies

Communication: The ability to listen, write and speak effectively to present and exchange information and ideas in a clear and concise manner

Managing information: The ability to analyse and collect relevant information in order to summarise and categorise

Working with others: The ability to build team engagement, collaborate, share knowledge and explain ideas to others whilst managing personal feelings.

Using mathematics: The ability to use mathematics in every day situations

Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making: The ability to collect and examine information, think creatively, and analyse situations to generate solutions to problems and to make informed decisions

Self Management: The ability to work on own initiative, to complete tasks or set goals, and complete according to set time frames

Using ICT: The ability to use ICT to support project activities

Being Creative: The ability to think creatively i.e. to come up with new and different ways of doing things