Curriculum rationale

In Business we aim to foster and ignite an interest in Business and to challenge students to become more resourceful and reflective by applying what they learn to practical examples in the business world.

The Business curriculum is well sequenced and has been designed around looking at how to start a new business and how this can be achieved before growing the business into a multi-national corporation and the implications of this. This enables the students to gain the skills for future learning and employment in the business world. An example could be looking at the human resources department within a business and how they recruit new staff.

To enhance students’ knowledge and help foster a love for learning, real life case studies are used throughout the curriculum. Businesses and entrepreneurs such as Apple, Lush, Zoella Beauty are used during lessons to capture students’ imaginations.

This curriculum recognises the importance of the changing of Business in the United Kingdom and across the world and the different challenges that this may present in society and the classroom. 

Curriculum Design

The curriculum has been designed to broaden and enhance students’ cultural capital through exposure to a wide range of businesses. Memorisation strategies are embedded throughout, including weekly retrieval quizzes and interleaving concepts in end of topic tests. 

Curriculum Plan

Business 3-year curriculum plan

Year 9

In year 9 we offer an introduction to Business lesson once a week. This will focus on the following topic areas:

  • Different types of business
  • Brands and marketing
  • Setting up a mini enterprise
  • Lessons in financial education

This will culminate in a qualification being awarded in financial education.

In year 10 and 11 we follow the Edexcel (9-1) GCSE in Business.


Year 10

Year 11

Autumn term

Introduction to the course – business challenge to create a business idea

Theme 1 – Investigating small business

Enterprise and entrepreneurship

Spotting a business opportunity

Putting a business idea into practice

Theme 2 – Building a business

Making marketing decisions

Making operational decisions

Making financial decisions



Spring term

Theme 1 – Investigating small business

Making the business effective

Understanding external influences on business

Theme 2 – Building a business

Making human resource decisions


Summer term

Theme 2 – Building a business

Growing the business



Curriculum Assessment

Feedback is embedded into each lesson, in the form of teacher, peer or self-reflection.  Students complete a topic test at the end of each topic. These tests mainly focus on the topic just completed along with some topics already completed. At the end of each theme they will sit a full paper based on that theme. In total, students will sit 10 topic tests along with four full exam papers before their final exams in year 11. They will also complete low stake recap quizzes on a weekly basis to challenge them to recall topics covered in previous lessons and months.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Students have the opportunity to take part in the Young Enterprise Company programme during year 10. They need to apply to take part and will as a group run a business to provide s product or service to the public. They will compete in competitions against other Young Enterprise businesses throughout the year.