Business

Subject Leader

Mrs M Sayfoo – msayfoo@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Teaching Staff

Mr B Povey – bpovey@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Ms K Culleton – kculleton@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Mrs C Carter – ccarter@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Welcome to the world of Business
“The Business of Business is People” – Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines


Curriculum Intent


GCSE Business (AQA)

GCSE Business helps students to gain knowledge and understanding of key business concept’s and give the students the opportunity to explore real business issues and how businesses work. The clear and straightforward structure to our new specification will support your teaching and students’ learning.

Students will consider the practical application of business concepts. The units provide opportunities to explore theories and concepts in the most relevant way, through the context of events in the business and economic world.

Students apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. Students develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding to business decision making including:

  • the interdependent nature of business activity
  • influences on business
  • business operations, finance
  • marketing and human resources
  • and how these interdependencies underpin business decision making
  • how different business contexts affect business decisions
  • the use and limitation of quantitative and qualitative data in making business decisions.

Students will learn to:

  • draw on the knowledge and understanding
  • use business terminology to identify and explain business activity
  • apply business concepts to familiar and unfamiliar contexts
  • develop problem solving and decision making skills relevant to business
  • investigate, analyse and evaluate business opportunities and issues
  • make justified decisions using both qualitative and quantitative data including its selection, interpretation, analysis and evaluation, and the application of appropriate quantitative skills


AQA GCSE Business Definition of Progress

This specification requires students to:

  • draw on the knowledge and understanding
  • use business terminology to identify and explain business activity
  • apply business concepts to familiar and unfamiliar contexts
  • develop problem solving and decision-making skills relevant to business
  • investigate, analyse and evaluate business opportunities and issues
  • make justified decisions using both qualitative and quantitative data including its selection, interpretation, analysis and evaluation, and the application of appropriate quantitative skills


The GCSE exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of business concepts and issues.
  • AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of business concepts and issues to a variety of contexts.
  • AO3: Analyse and evaluate business information and issues to demonstrate understanding of business activity, make judgements and draw conclusions.

Term 1Term 2Term 3
Year 10
3.1 Business in the real world
3.2 Influences on business
3.3 Business operations3.4 Human Resources
Students will learn about the purpose of business activity, the role of business enterprise and entrepreneurship, and the dynamic nature of business. Students need to be aware of the impact business in the real world has on the four functional areas of business. They will also learn the importance of external influences on business and how businesses change in response to these influences.Students should understand the interdependent nature of business operations, human resources, marketing and finance. Students should be able to give examples of how business objectives would be split into functional plans with clear links throughout. What business operations involve, their role within the production of goods and the provision of services, and how they influence business activityStudents should understand the interdependent nature of business operations, human resources, marketing and finance. Students should be able to give examples of how business objectives would be split into functional plans with clear links throughout. The purpose of human resources, its role within business and how it influences business activity.
Year 11
3.5 Marketing3.6. FinanceRevision
Students should understand the interdependent nature of business operations, human resources, marketing and finance. Students should be able to give examples of how business objectives would be split into functional plans with clear links throughout.Students should understand the interdependent nature of business operations, human resources, marketing and finance. Students should be able to give examples of how business objectives would be split into functional plans with clear links throughout. The purpose of the finance function, its role within business and how it influences business activity.You will engage in structured revision and regular exam practice across the two examined papers.


A-Level Business (AQA)

These qualifications offers an engaging and effective introduction to Business. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and evaluation.

Assessments continue to employ a variety of familiar question types, including short answer and extended writing/essays, which target:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Application
  • Analysis and evaluation

The specification appeals to a cross-section of students, regardless of whether they have studied the subject before. They build on skills develop, and enable progression into a wide range of other subjects.


The A-Level exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge of terms, concepts, theories, methods and models to show an understanding of how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to business issues.
  • AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding to various business contexts to show how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to issues.
  • AO3: Analyse issues within business, showing an understanding of the impact on individuals and organisations of external and internal influences.
  • AO4: Evaluate quantitative and qualitative information to make informed judgements and propose evidence-based solutions to business issues.

PaperWhat's AssessedAssessment
Paper 1: (All content)
  1. What is business?

  2. Managers, leadership and decision making

  3. Decision making to improve marketing performance

  4. Decision making to improve operational performance

  5. Decision making to improve financial performance

  6. Decision making to improve human resource performance

  7. Analysing the strategic position of a business

  8. Choosing strategic direction

  9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

  10. Managing strategic change
2 hour written exam
100 marks
33.3% of A-level
Paper 2: (All content)All of the above2 hour written exam
100 marks
33.3% of A-level
Paper 3: (All content)All of the above2 hour written exam
100 marks
33.3% of A-level


Business Cambridge Technical Award Level 3

We are excited to offer a new vocational course for students starting Oriel Sixth Form in September 2020. You will learn how a business might evolve from a small start-up business to a large multinational organisation, you will consider a range of different business types and gain an understanding of how the choice of business type might affect the objectives that are set. You will also look at the internal workings of businesses, including their internal structure and how different functional areas work together. Plus, by looking at the external constraints under which a business must operate, you will gain an understanding of the legal, financial and ethical factors that have an impact. You will also explore ways in which businesses respond to changes in their economic, social and technological environment; and gain an appreciation of the influence different stakeholders can have upon a business.


Why study this course?

The business world places a high value on the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information in order to make considered decisions and you will have the opportunity to gain these vital skills. Alongside this you will develop practical employability skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders, and to manage your time effectively.


What are my course options?

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business

  • equivalent to one A Level
  • 10 hours across a 2 week timetable

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Business – Marketing Pathway

  • equivalent to two A Levels
  • 10 hours across a 2 week timetable (in addition to 10 hours for the certificate)


What will I study?


UnitHow it is assessedStudents
The business environmentExternal examinationAll students
Working in businessExternal examinationAll students
Business decisionsExternal examinationDiploma students
Customers and CommunicationInternal CourseworkAll students
Marketing and Market ResearchInternal CourseworkAll students
Marketing StrategyInternal CourseworkDiploma students
Marketing CampaignInternal CourseworkDiploma students
Change ManagementExternal examinationDiploma students
Principles of Project ManagementInternal CourseworkAll students
Delivering a business projectInternal CourseworkDiploma students


Learning Outside the Classroom

In Year 13 we offer students the opportunity to attend Business workshops in London to support them with their examinations. We also encourage wider reading and discuss in the classroom what we have discovered in the Business world.