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Business Studies

Business Studies at Salvatorian

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson

Business Studies aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills required in an everchanging and competitive business environment.  The Business curriculum intends to develop fundamental skills such as critical analysis, independent thinking and balancing judgements. Personal character and interpersonal skills are developed through class discussions, and technical knowledge such as business finance, marketing, internal organisation, ethics and environment are developed through appropriate learning and assessment. Students are encouraged to keep abreast of current business affairs and encouraged to read business literature. We aim to ensure that students can go to their next step of learning and into the world of work with the attributes necessary to be successful.

Our Staff

Mr A Coker – Head of Department 

Mr S Rabey – Teacher of Business Studies

Mr M Tissot – Teacher of Business Studies

Key Stage Four

Exam Board OCR 

There are two units to study and each exam is one hour 30 minutes in length 


Paper 1: Business activity, marketing and people  

Paper 2: Operations, finance, and influences on business 


The GCSE Business course offers an insight into the world of work, and give opportunities to study local, national and international organisations. The Business curriculum intends to develop fundamental skills such as critical analysis, independent thinking and balancing judgements. It is important that students not only have access to the exam at the end of Year 11 but to develop an understanding, respect and love for the subject and real-life businesses.   

Revision materials include teacher PowerPoints, exam board past paper questions, and resources from the internet such as the BBC website, Bitesize and Tutor2U Business.

Key Stage Five

Business is a popular A Level course. Students will learn subject content alongside real business events and realities such as the global recession, cost of living, digital technology and the leadership of great entrepreneurs to bring theory to life.  


The A Level course explores the challenges and issues of starting and running a business, and examines the different functional areas including Leadership, Human Resources, Finance, Marketing and Operations. The course allows students to investigate small startup ventures, medium-sized enterprises and multinational companies, discussing the issues and strategies required at each level. 

Exam Board AQA

There are three units to study and each exam is two hours in length.  

Content for each of the units can be found at AQA – AS and A-level Business

Entry Criteria Minimum of five GCSEs, Grades 9-4 including a Grade 5 in Mathematics and English. 

Links to Future Pathways

There is an opportunity to work in a myriad of different sectors, for example: Digital Technology, Social Media, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Public Relations, Trading, Consultancy, Advertising, Logistics and Distribution, Human Resources, Operations and Management.

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