Business Studies


The Team

  • Miss J Hudson – Director of Learning
  • Mrs L Wilford


The Business Department is located in the Empower Academy. It consists of a dedicated Business area and computer suite. We currently have two full time business specialists teaching in the department.

We boast a well-resourced department with access to computers, scanners, colour printers, digital projectors and an interactive whiteboard.

Business is increasingly popular at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.
Year 9 students are studying the OCR Cambridge Nationals in Business and Enterprise worth one GCSE. The course links well to the Applied A level and provides students with a broad range of business knowledge and skills. 

In Sixth Form students study the OCR Applied Business course, a 2 year course leading to two A Levels. Students have flexibility of choice and can opt to study Single AS, Double AS or Double A Level.

The department adopts a skills based learning approach, where we encourage our students to improve interpersonal and communication skills in conjunction with ICT and presentation skills.

Course delivery is carried out through a variety of teaching strategies including visiting speakers, video conferencing with businesses and management presentations at case study businesses.

Recent industrial links have included London Dungeons, Arup Engineering, Cadbury World and Motorclean at Bluewater Shopping Centre. 
The department boasts excellent results at both GCSE and A Level with students here achieving a 100% pass rate last year; 36% A grade at GCSE and 55% A-B grades at A Level.


Key Stage 4

Business is offering the OCR Cambridge Nationals Business and Enterprise (specification code J804)
  • The qualification is equivalent to one GCSE  (grades A*-F)
  • Cambridge Nationals are graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction *
  • The course is comprised of 25% external assessment (exam) and 75% controlled assessment (coursework under exam conditions)
  • Although the controlled assessment is completed under exam conditions students are given plenty of opportunity to develop, research and analyse material to prepare for their final assessment
There are three units in the course:
Unit 1:  Introduction to Business (exam) RO61
Unit 2:  Planning for Work (controlled assessment) RO62
Unit 3:  Setting up and Running an Enterprise (controlled assessment) RO63
Unit 2 is based on job roles at Thorpe Park involving a visit to the business and a presentation by their Education Officer. Unit 3 requires students to work in teams to create a unique product or service that they then market and sell to customers.
Students will explore the following themes within these units:
  • Business ownership
  • Business aims and objectives
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Finance                                             
  • Marketing                                         
  • Enterprise
  • Job roles
  • Methods of communication
Students taking business should be keen learners who have a desire to understand how the business world around them works. They need to be willing to read and watch the news for current affairs to enhance their work. Students need to be comfortable working on their own as the course requires them to be self-disciplined and independent learners. They will need strong written English skills and the ability to create word processed controlled assessments using their own words.
Our Mission Statement:
The Business Department:  “Sharing, Co-operating and Motivating For Success”.
Miss Janet Hudson
Director of Applied Learning