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Howden School

Howden School

Business Studies

Business Studies is embedded into the ICT KS3 Curriculum to give students a feel for the GCSE Business Studies option. Students will cover both Theme 1 and Theme 2 over the course of Year 10 and 11 before sitting two exams at the end of Year 11.

What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t studied Business prior to taking this course. You might have an interest in business, and want to start your own business one day. You may have an enquiring mind and be interested in learning about the world around you, how businesses are set up, and what it is that makes someone a great entrepreneur. This course will help you to understand all this and more.

What will I learn?

While studying the first two units of this course you are likely to learn a lot of new things. You will be introduced to the world of small businesses and will look at what makes someone a successful business person. You will find out how to develop an idea and spot an opportunity, and turn that into a successful business. You will understand how to make a business effective and manage money. You will also see how the world around us affects small businesses and all the people involved.

'Business Studies has always been a popular subject choice at Key Stage 4. The skills learnt in this subject are directly relatable to the workplace and key to success in Industry. Throughout the course we ensure students have an authentic learning experience where they are encouraged to research real both small and global businesses. We encourage all our students to take a key role within the subject to develop the necessary skills needed for life after school including problem solving, team work and analytical skills.'

Mr. R. Lyon, Faculty Leader of ICT & Technology

Key Stage 4 

Year 10

Over the course of Year 10 students will study:

Theme 1 : Investigating small business

This element of the course counts towards 50% of the qualification, with a written examination consisting of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions.

The content covered will include:

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the business effective
  • Understanding external influences on business

Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes 50% of GCSE

Year 11

Over the course of Year 10 students will study:

Theme 2: Building a business

This element of the course counts towards 50% of the qualification, with a written examination consisting of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions.

The content covered will include:

  • Growing the business
  • Making marketing decisions
  • Making operational decisions
  • Making financial decisions
  • Making human resource decisions

Written exam 1 hour 45 minutes 50% of GCSE