Business Studies

Business is Important

The role of business is to make the world a better place for everyone – creating wealth and well-being, prosperity, jobs and choices.

Studying Business at St. Bonaventure’s  will equip learners with valuable, transferable skills.  As well as specific subject knowledge learners will practice strategic thinking, teamwork, communication, responsibility, problem solving, confidence and professionalism.  The subject offers a diverse and engaging variety of subjects which focus on contemporary local, national and international businesses.

Your development should be an adventure of discovery, just as ours continues to be. In today’s business world, you need to be an explorer, an originator and an entrepreneur.

Business Studies is one of the schools most popular option subjects at both Keystage 4 and 5.  We have both a traditional examination route and a vocational strand.   We are a highly successful department with all our courses significantly outperforming national averages for student attainment.


GCSE Business Studies

Currently a very popular option choice at St. Bons at Keystage 4. The examination board is Edexcel.

Students will consider issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business. They will explore the activities of business and the reasons for success or failure. It helps students appreciate that businesses must operate within society and that this involves businesses engaging with a wide range of stakeholders who will hold differing perspectives.  As the courses progresses the focus moves from smaller businesses seeking survival to larger businesses whose focus is on growth.

This course is assessed externally through two examination papers at the end of year 11.

Edexcel GCSE Specifiation



A ‘Level Business Studies

The Business Studies  A’Level develops a wide range of analytical skills which help students better understand the business world.  Extensive use of case studies and excellent course materials will ensure students are well placed to make informed career choices.

This Business Studies A ‘Level provides an excellent foundation to move onto a wide variety of university courses as the progression information and alumni demonstrate. Therefore this is an excellent way to keep a wide range of career options open. Many employers look favourably to this qualification as it will mean applicants for their jobs will have a clear understanding of the key issues business have to face.

We follow the new linear A’Level offered by Edexcel. The course is assessed externally through three examination papers at the end of year 13.

Subjects covered include planning and financing a small business, managing a business, strategies for success and the business environment and managing change.

Edexcel Business A’Level Specification


BTEC Business Level 3 Extended Diploma

For students who want to make a career in business and who have a real desire to learn and develop the ability to the solve the challenges that any type of business presents. The BTEC course provides an excellent foundation to move onto a wide variety of university courses or workplace apprenticeships.

The BTEC Level 3 extended diploma is equivalent to three A’levels and so our students successfully go on to study degree courses at university or enter business apprenticeships from this course.

Many students apply for university degree courses choosing to study Business & Marketing, Business & Finance or International Business. Students can also progress to an apprenticeship. Alternatively students enter employment in such areas as business management, marketing, finance and business law.

BTEC Level 3 Business Extended Diploma Specification


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