Key Stage 4 Pathways

Business Studies


What will I learn?

While studying 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 entrepreneur. 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 business finances effectively.

 You will also see how the world around us affects small businesses and all the people involved. You will also learn more how small businesses are established and developed and discover why it is so important to meet and exceed customer needs and expectations. You will then investigate how an effective marketing mix can be developed in order to satisfy these needs and therefore maximise profits. In unit 2, you will learn about the key decisions needed in order to expand a business. These decisions relate to the areas of marketing, operations, finance and human resources.

How will I be assessed?

During the course, you will complete two units, which will be assessed as follows:



Assessment Method


Unit 1

Investigating Small Business



Unit 2

Building a Business




What could my next steps be?

This course can help you prepare for a range of further and higher education routes, such as AS/A2 Business and BTEC/NVQ business related courses. You will become skilled in making decisions, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of team. All of these skills will be useful for you later in life. A GCSE Business course could lead to work in a business-related profession such as accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry.

Mr Eden (Lead Teacher of Business) -