Business Studies

Welcome to the Business Studies Department


The department is constantly aiming to raise attainment and standards to equip students with the skills they require for the world of work. The department has many excellent resources available to students including  fully equipped ICT suites.  Our excellent facilities include interactive white boards, DVDs, videos and access to the Internet, as well as a wide range of industry standard applications software and interactive revision materials.


The teaching environment is business-like giving students the opportunity to excel in their studies whilst understanding the world of work. In addition to the excellent opportunities the students have whilst in school they have also benefited from a range of extra curriculum activities and visits to places such as Cadbury World.



Mrs Maclean-Thomas – Curriculum Leader


Overview of Business at the Convent



GCSE Business Studies is offered to students at Key stage Four. In year 9, 10 and 11, students have 3 Business studies lessons per week.

In Year 9 , 10 and 11, we offer the OCR Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Enterprise and Marketing. The exam board is OCR. Students must complete all the following three units, to get a GCSE qualification in Business Studies.

  1. R064: Enterprise and Marketing Concepts Written Paper – 50% (80mks)

Exam in June  –  1 hour 30 minutes

  1. R065: Design a Business Proposal – 25% (60mks)

OCR-set assignment, marked by centre and moderated by OCR

  1. R066: Market and Pitch a Business Proposal – 25% (60mks)

OCR-set assignment, marked by centre and moderated by OCR


All students will do the RO64 external exam unit at the end of year 10, and complete both coursework units in year 11.



Business Studies is offered to students at Key Stage Five, in both years 12 and 13 and all studies study a Level 3 course. Although it is not necessary to have studied this subject prior to sixth form, five GCSEs at grades 9-5, including English and maths are required.

All Students have 6 Business Studies lessons per week. The exam board is Pearson Edexcel. Students must complete all the following 4 Units to get an A’ Level qualification:

 Learners will study three mandatory units:

  1. 1.       Unit 1: Exploring Business (Coursework unit)
  2. 2.       Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign (External Exam)
  3. 3.       Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance (External Exam)

 Learners will also study one optional unit:

  1. 4.       Unit 8 – Recruitment and Selection Process ( Coursework Unit)

All students complete will Unit 1 and 2 in year 12, while Unit 3 and 8 are completed in year 13.