Business Studies

Do you ever stop and think about:

  • The design process, planning and research that goes into your latest Smart Phone?
  • The impact that fashion trends have upon the sales and profitability of fads like loom bands?
  • Why Facebook is such a useful promotional tool from a business perspective?
  • How advances in technology have led to new product development from Retro Games such as Pac Man to today’s latest Xbox/PlayStation game?
  • How Branding increases the price of everything you eat or drink?
  • The impact that celebrity endorsement has upon the prices of products?

All of these decisions are items that must be considered by businesses.

In a world where competitive advantage in the career market is of growing importance, Business Studies is a subject that directly relates to the world of work. It is a subject area that keeps your options open, both for further study and for your chosen career.

  • Employers value the qualification
  • There are real opportunities to progress in education or employment
  • You will gain valuable, transferable skills
  • When you leave school and wish to get a job, you will understand more about the way a business runs
  • If you chose not to become an employee you will have the skills and knowledge to start your own business.

Business Studies lessons at Byrchall take steps to innovate, inspire, and challenge our students to value diversity, be open minded, develop teamwork skills, take risks and develop their financial awareness. These entrepreneurial skills are vital in preparing students for the real world.

Our Business Studies students could become the next generation of entrepreneurs, bankers, inventors, lawyers, politicians or accountants catering for ever changing consumer wants and needs.

“I like how everything we learn in class we will be able to use when we are older and working” (Y10 BTEC student)

“I find the course interesting and it helps me to understand how to run a business which is what I want to do when I leave school and gives me an insight into what employers are looking for and how to motivate people” (Y11 GCSE student)

Business Studies offers both vocational and academic pathways with an excellent record of results in both qualifications. Additionally the extra-curricular programme offers students the opportunities to run their own small business under Young Enterprise currently involving the production, marketing and costing of a range of products made using Hama Beading. We have had past success in a variety of National Challenges and participate in the annual Make Your Mark Challenges. In 2012 we won the North West Barclays Bank Money Hero’s completion winning £3000 to invest into new technology within the department.

The aim of the Business Studies Department is to increase understanding of the real world of business, and to prepare students for employment and further education. We aim to:

  • Inspire students to achieve their potential
  • Build an extraordinary learning community that goes beyond the curriculum
  • Encourage a rewarding and stimulating learning experience for students
  • Foster a spirit of enquiry into the business studies theories of the world of today
  • Develop links with local businesses to enhance the learning opportunities for all our students.
  • Offer a broad range of transferable skills and useful knowledge in preparation for further study and/or working life.

The department has an excellent reputation for use of emerging technology to aid learning and revision with the use of simulation packages, podcasting and production of revision video’s, animations, blogs and wiki’s to support both learning and exam preparation. The department has enthusiastic, experienced and supportive teaching staff offer additional support both during lunchtime and afterschool should students require additional guidance. A variety of stimulating extra-curricular clubs are on offer to enable students to put theory covered in the classroom into practice.

  • The Business Studies department consists of Mrs McGuire, Mr Jenkins and Mr Arnold. All staff tailor lessons to the learning styles and personal interests of students within the groups to bring learning to life. Staff are friendly and supportive and offer additional support at lunchtime drop ins 4 days per week in G2 to ensure academic success.
  • The department currently runs the GCSE Business Studies qualification and has previously also delivered BTEC Business Studies. Results within the department are excellent due to dedicated and enthusiastic staff and hardworking students.
  • 100% of BTEC Business Studies have passed at A*- C in BTEC Business Studies over the 5 years the course was delivered. All students exceeded their target grade by at least one grade. The school has been highly commended by the exam board for the high level of student work produced in coursework assignments.
  • 76% of students achieved A*-C and 100% A*-G for those who completed GCSE Business Studies in 2015.
  • The department prides itself on excellent communication with parents and provides regular updates via e-mail, post card and phone calls in addition to the half termly progress reports. Parents are encouraged to contact staff should they have any concerns.


  • KS3 Hama Beading club – One lunchtime a week students create a variety of key rings, coasters, badges, jewellery and door signs made from Hama Beads. Students learn how to carry out basic market research and produce products in line with customer demand. Products are sold to raise money for a variety of charities.
  • Make Your Mark with a Tenner – This is a national competition whereby students who participate each receive £!0 funding. Students have one month working either on their own or in small teams to turn their £10 into as much money as possible. The original £10 must be returned and 50% of profits made donated to the schools charity. The remaining 50% of profit can be kept by students.
  • Peter Jones National Challenge – students work in small teams to set up their own mini business during the Autumn term. Teams must put together an initial business plan and submit their plan online prior to funding being awarded. Teams keep an online blog of the products and profit margins with a regional winner in each area for most profit made.
  • Barclays Bank Money Hero’s competition – the school participates in the annual money hero’s challenge which involves coming up with an initiative to encourage young people to save money rather than spend. In 2012 Byrchall students came in first place and won £3000 which was invested into new technologies within the school.
  • Papworth Trust Charity programme – the business and enterprise department regularly participates in fundraising events. In 2014/15 students set up their own mini businesses selling a variety of personalised gifts including letters from Father Christmas, Reindeer dust and photo calendars and key rings and raised £760 for the charity.

External Links

WJEC Business Studies GCSE Qualifications

BBC Business

Tutor2U Online Educational Publisher

BusinessEd - Learning Resources

Revision World Business Studies Revision Resources

S-Cool Business Revision Resources

Subject Content

  Autumn Spring Summer
Business Activity Human Resources End of year project
Marketing Business operations Influences on business
Influences on business Finance and Exam revision and preparation Exam revision and preparation

Year 9 Overview

Year 10 Overview

Year 11 Overview

Homework Policy

  • Students will be required to complete one piece of homework every week.
  • Homework will consist of a variety of different tasks, for example: revision, spelling/definitions, research tasks, exam questions and real world application/newspaper reports.