Business Studies

Curriculum Intent

Our aim is to create enthusiastic students who have a broad, detailed and rich knowledge of business and economic theory and thus will have the motivation and knowledge to succeed in their chosen career paths.

In KS4 we aim to engage and inspire students, which reflects the demands of a truly modern and evolving business environment, allowing students to develop as commercially minded and enterprising individuals which will help them to succeed in their chosen pathway. The engaging themes taught at GCSE will spark our students’ imagination and inspire commercial thinking as they develop their business knowledge. We use contemporary business contexts in our teaching, which enables engagement and extensive learning in the classroom.


Students will:

  • know and understand business concepts, business terminology, business objectives, the integrated nature of business activity and the impact of business on individuals and wider society
  • apply knowledge and understanding to contemporary business issues and to different types and sizes of businesses in local, national and global contexts
  • develop as enterprising individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively to demonstrate business acumen, and draw on evidence to make informed business decisions and solve business problems
  • develop as effective and independent students, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • use an enquiring, critical approach to make informed judgements
  • investigate and analyse real business opportunities and issues to construct well- argued, well-evidenced, balanced and structured arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of business
  • develop the ability to use contextual data in case studies
  • develop and apply quantitative skills relevant to business, including using and interpreting data

Extra-Curricular/Cultural Capital activities at RET schools

  • Young enterprise programme
  • Joint business and history trip to Berlin
  • Accountancy competition
  • Bring in local businesses to talk about marketing
  • Build a business activity to apply to unit 1 of GCSE
  • Stock exchange enrichment day

Relationship to the wider KS3 curriculum

Students will need the following abilities, largely from their core mathematics and English learning:

  • calculate percentages, interpret graphs and use formulae
  • comprehension skills including interpretation and understanding of texts
  • extracting useful information and summarising it in written form.

Links to KS5

There are a range of business-related courses that students can go on to study in KS5. These include A levels in economics and business studies and Level 3 BTECs. There will also be T levels in 2021 for digital business service and in 2022 for finance and, separately, accounting.