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The Business Studies Faculty

The Business Faculty

Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming. – Richard Branson

Staff Team

Johan Snyders:  Subject Leader for Business and ICT
Ashley Catlin: Assistant Head teacher and teacher of Business and ICT
Samuel Dwamena: Teacher of Business and ICT
Charlene Gill: Teacher of Business and ICT Head of Sixth form

Key Stage 4

Course Description

You will cover a range of topics in relation to both small businesses and large businesses including starting a small business or the different type of business organisations, finance, marketing, people and operational management. These topics will be covered in lessons in preparation for the two examinations and a controlled assessment. You will also develop a range of skills including presentation, communication, problem solving and leadership.

What you will study?

You will be studying 3 units: A291 – Marketing and Enterprise A292 – Business and People A293 – Production, finance and the external business environment

How is the course assessed?

A291 – Marketing and Enterprise assessed through a controlled assessment = 25% of the course A292 – Business and People assessed through a written examination (1 hour) = 25% of the course A293 – Production, finance and the external business environment – written examination (1h30min) = 50% of the course

Details of this course can be found here

Course Details
1. Investigating How Businesses Work *Unit code 5AB01

• Internally assessed

•Availability: June series

2. Financial Records *Unit code 5AB02

  • •Externally assessed
  • •Availability: June series

Overview of content for Investigating How Businesses Work Unit

The unit contains three topics:

  • •What is a business and what do businesses do?
  • •How are businesses organised?
  • •Why are stakeholders so important?

Overview of assessment

  • • This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.
  • •Students are required to complete an Edexcel-set task with a total of 100 marks.
  • •Students select two businesses – one local and one national/international – to research.

They then answer a number of set questions based on the content of the unit in relation to

these selected businesses, using their research materials, under controlled conditions of a set


  • •Research/investigation – approximately eight weeks of curriculum time (a maximum of 24


  • • Final write up – approximately four weeks of curriculum time (a maximum of 12 hours).
  • • The task is internally marked by teachers and moderated by Edexcel.

Edexcel GCSE in Applied Business Specification – Issue 3 © Edexcel Limited 2010


Overview of content for Financial Records Unit

Overview of content

The unit contains four topics:

  • • Investigating the flow of financial documents used in business trading
  • • Investigating business payment methods and costs
  • • Investigating the nature of financial statements in business
  • • Investigating the importance of financial statements to business

Overview of assessment

  • •A one-hour untiered examination marked out of 60 and suitable for all levels of students.
  • •Six structured questions, comprising a mixture of multiple-choice, short- and extended answers[/one_half_last]

Details of this course can be found here


Key Stage 5

Edexcel Year 12 AS Business
BTEC Business Extended Certificate





Students are regularly taken on trips to enhance the learning of this subject. These include:

  • Warner Brothers Studios
  • Harry Potter World
  • Cadbury’s World – Birmingham
  • Alton Towers
  • Clothes Show
  • Colchester Zoo
  • Retail research trips

Students also have the opportunity to take part in Business Studies competitions. Our school is the current holders of the North Hertfordshire Business Enterprise Challenge cup organised and sponsored by North Herts College and Peter Jones (from Dragon’s Den)

Gifted and Talented

For GCSE and A level Business students are made aware of the 4 levels of response when answering questions and are encouraged to attempt higher levels of response
In BTEC Business all students are encouraged to attempt the higher grade tasks.


For further details please do not hesitate to contact any member of staff in the department.