In an increasingly dynamic and competitive world, knowledge of business activity is a critical part of the survival kit for any modern student. At St Martin’s our Business curriculum has been created to be ambitious, exciting yet demanding, and enables students to explore real business situations and understand the role of the entrepreneur and business in today’s diverse society. We are committed to empowering students to flourish in the world beyond school, teaching them knowledge and skills, which will enrich their lives and enable them to become active citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Students will explore theories and concepts in the most relevant way, through application to local, national and global organisations. Our curriculum design also affords us the opportunity to apply learning to current affairs such as the war between Russia and Ukraine, the current cost of living crisis, Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. We evaluate the impact such things have on many different stakeholders; this also allows our students to develop their cultural capital – an essential part of any curriculum.

The Benefits of Studying Business

  • Students will become critically aware of current affairs.
  • Students will acquire knowledge which will support important life decisions such as buying a house, taking out a loan, applying for a credit card/overdraft, applying for a job etc.
  • It will develop students as critical and reflective thinkers.
  • Students will develop skills of investigation, analysis and evaluation and the ability to make informed judgements/recommendations.
  • It will support the development of their literacy (reading, oracy and writing) and numeracy skills.
  • Students will gain an insight into how businesses operate, and the psychology involved in consumer behaviour and habits.
  • Students will understand the impact that ethical and environmental issues have on business and society.
  • Students will learn how to effectively manage people and change; something that will support any future career whether in Business or not.

Curriculum Content & Assessment

We follow the OCR GCSE Specification where students will study 6 core topics over the 3 years of KS4, all of which are externally assessed through 2 written exam papers. Each paper is 1 hour 30 minutes and worth 50% of the qualification.

Business 1: Business Activity, Marketing and People

Business 2: Operations, Finance and Influences on Business

Students’ progress and attainment will also be assessed internally and is used to inform planning and teaching to ensure the highest possible outcomes for all students. We do this using a range of different methods, including:

  • Whole class feedback
  • Peer and self-assessment
  • Live marking and modelling
  • Weekly high stakes quizzes to support retrieval and long-term retention of knowledge
  • End of topic quizzes
  • Strategic questioning every lesson
  • Termly summative assessments – these are typically previous GCSE papers

For more detailed information about the curriculum content and structure, please click here to view the curriculum map.

Progression

Many students who study Business at GCSE go on to study it further at A Level or equivalent, e.g. BTEC. However, Business is the just the first step on the route to a wide variety of further qualifications. The next stage for some students may be to progress onto an Economics A Level or equivalent. Beyond this, Business students may aspire to degrees and eventual careers in Law, Accountancy, Politics, Journalism, Teaching, Sport/Fashion Management, Sociology and, of course, Business or Economics.