Business Studies is a stimulating subject to study and increase students’ knowledge and critical understanding of the world in which we live.

Introduction to courses offered

Business Studies provides students with a unique insight into the world of work. Through its study, students discover how businesses operate and learn about their key elements and essential business functions.

Learning Opportunities

To enhance the knowledge and understanding of the courses offered students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of learning experiences.

Previous learning opportunities:

  • The Belfast Telegraph’s Rensburg Share Challenge (We came second in this competition 2007/8)
  • The Big Idea Workshop (We won this competition in 2007/08)
  • CCEA Workshops
  • Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory
  • Tyrone Crystal in Dungannon
  • The Tayto Factory in Tandragee
  • The Mars Factory in Berkshire
  • London Stock Exchange
  • Houses of Parliament in London
  • Stormont
  • The SSE Arena
  • The Coca-Cola Factory
  • Visiting speakers
  • Young Enterprise Events
  • Dragons’ Den Competition

GCSE Business Studies

Examining Board: CCEA

COURSE DESCRIPTION                                                                                           

Through this GCSE Business Studies specification students learn about how businesses start up, resources they need, marketing, finance, challenges they face and how they grow. Students also explore the role of stakeholders – groups that have an interest in a business – as well as human resources, the recruitment and selection process, and the value of training and motivation for employees.

Important new business topics include the role of social enterprise, e-business and m-business, discovering how businesses can use electronic and mobile technology in different ways. Students also learn to apply useful skills such as proposing business strategies or solutions, understanding other viewpoints and justifying decisions.

A qualification in Business Studies can lead to a career in accounting, advertising, banking, retail, management consulting, marketing, research, human resources, a small business, or self-employment as an entrepreneur.


Unit 1: Starting a BusinessCreating a BusinessMarketingBusiness OperationsExternal written examination1 hour 30minsShort structured questions and extended writing40%Summer from 2018
Unit 2: Developing a BusinessHuman ResourcesBusiness GrowthFinanceExternal written examination1 hour 30minsShort structured questions and extended writing40% Summer from 2019
Unit 3: Planning a Business (Synoptic)Business PlanControlled AssessmentStudents complete the following:Booklet A: Planning; andBooklet B: Communicate Findings.Teachers mark the task, and we moderate the results.20% Summer from 2019

GCE Business Studies

Awarding Body:         CCEA

Business Studies gives students an invaluable insight into how organisations meet the discerning needs of stakeholders in a constantly changing environment. Students discover how businesses operate and engage in the decision-making and risk-taking processes at all levels in the organisation. Students develop a greater awareness of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities that organisations and individuals face as they conduct their business. They also have the opportunity to develop valuable transferable skills that will help them to access further education courses or become a valued employee.

This course offers an excellent foundation for a career in marketing, finance, accountancy, management, human resource management or self-employment.

AS 1:Introduction to BusinessExternal written examination1 hour 30 minutesTwo compulsory structured data responses(80 marks)50% of AS20% of A level
AS 2: Growing the BusinessExternal written examination1 hour 30 minutesTwo compulsory structured data responses(80 marks)50% of AS20% of A level
A2 1: Strategic Decision MakingExternal written examination2 hoursFive compulsory structured data responses(90 marks)30% of A level
A2 2: The Competitive Business EnvironmentExternal written examination2 hoursSix compulsory structured data responses(90 marks)30% of A level


The skills gained on a business and management studies degree allow you to build commercial awareness and start contributing to your chosen employer quickly and effectively

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Chartered management accountant
  • Corporate investment banker
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Management consultant
  • Operational researcher
  • Risk manager

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Human resources officer
  • Logistics and distribution manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Retail manager
  • Sales executive
  • Systems analyst

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