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Business and Enterprise

Welcome to Business Studies

In Business Studies we look at showing students how the business world works, including how different businesses operate as well as how the economy functions; giving them insight and knowledge into the business-orientated world. 

At Swallow Hill we offer an option of Business Studies as a BTEC or GCSE qualification for students from Year 9 to Year 11.

Business Studies BTEC Award:

The BTEC Award we offer at the academy is taken with the exam board Edexcel. It is split into 4 units, two of which are core units which have to be completed to pass the course.

Unit 1 – Enterprise in the Business World (Core):

This unit looks at how business ideas become reality and gives students a chance to see what starting up a business involves. This unit is assessment based.

Unit 2 – Finance for Business (Core):

This unit looks at showing students how businesses are financed and how they can obtain this finance. It also gives students an understanding of basic financial terms. This unit is exam based.

Unit 3 – Promoting a Brand:

This unit helps students understand why branding is important and how it can be done successfully. This unit is assessment based.

Unit 8 – Recruitment, Selection and Employment:

In this unit students will learn how businesses are structured and organised so that people can do their jobs effectively, as well as how businesses decide how and who to hire. This unit is assessment based. 


GCSE Business Studies:

The GCSE course at the academy is taken with the exam board Edexcel and is made up of three units. During the course we introduce students to business and provide them with a basic understanding of how things such as the economy affect businesses and how businesses are built.

Unit 1 - Introduction to Small Business:

This unit looks at a number of different topics which help students understand how small businesses operate, these include:

  • Spotting a business opportunity.
  • Showing enterprise.
  • Putting a business idea into practice.
  • Making the start-up effective.
  • Understanding the economic context.

This is assessed through one exam which is 45 minutes long.

Unit 2 – Investigating a Small Business:

This unit has the same contents as unit 1 but involves research and investigating a small business using the knowledge developed through the teaching of unit 1.

This is examined through a controlled assessment and students are allowed a maximum of 3 hours to research the topic before they are assessed.

Unit 3 - Building a Business:

This unit focuses on showing students how a business is built and what needs to be done and considered when trying to make a business grow.

This unit contains five topics:

  • Marketing
  • Meeting customer needs
  • Effective financial management
  • Effective people management
  • The wider world affecting business.

New GCSE Business

The Current Year 9 are starting the new GCSE Business.
This is taken with the exam board Edexcel and is made up of 2 themes.

Theme 1: Investigating small business

This concentrates on key business concepts issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It covers 5 topic areas:1. 

  1. Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  2. Spotting a business opportunity
  3. Putting a business idea into practice
  4. Making the business effective
  5. Understanding external influences

Theme 2: Building a business

This also covers 5 topic areas

  1. Growing the business
  2. Making Marketing decisions
  3. Making Operational decisions
  4. Making Financial decisions
  5. Making Human Resource decisions
Both Themes have a 1 hour and 30 minute exam for assessment.

British Values Business & Enterprise

Business Studies

Business Studies allows students to investigate the impact British values have on the business world. Business Studies involves students being given the chance to see how the functions of a business operate. Students look at the changes within society and how they may impact on businesses. We explore sexism, racism and discrimination in the workplace through the discussion of employment laws. We make reference to case studies and cases of discrimination in the news. Students also explore their own feelings and meaning and reflect upon topics such as ethics. Students are encouraged to explore these concepts and challenge the actions that businesses do take or should take. Students spend some of the course investigating the impact of businesses action upon society and the local community in which they operate. For example, students consider the political, social, environmental and technological issues arising as a result of a business decision.