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The Business Department at Holte School is a vibrant and enthusiastic team of Business specialists who strive to create an informed, innovative and realistic introduction to the world of Business.

The department consists of 3 members;

Mr. Gakhal  Teacher in Charge 

Mrs. Jamila Teacher of Business Studies

Miss. Naseem. Teacher of Business Studies

The subject teaches students how to understand the stimulating and complex world of Business, how it operates internally and its interaction with an ever changing environment.

In order to ensure all students achieve, the department offers a broad range of courses at both Key Stage Four and Key Stage Five and boasts the flexibility to ensure students are on the right course to suit their needs.

To enrich the curriculum offered, a range of effective teaching resources, along with educational visits and speakers are used to ensure that students find Business Studies engaging, relevant and more applicable to the growing skills that is sought after by employers.


KS4 Course

The key stage 4 qualification in Business has been developed to:

  • Actively engage students in the study of business and to develop them as effective and independent learners, and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • Allow students to develop and apply their business knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
  • Enable students to appreciate the range of perspectives of different business stakeholders and to enable students to consider the extent to which business activity can be ethical and sustainable.

The course offered at Key Stage 4:


Year 9 – Foundation Year – Leading to BTEC First Award in Business (Edexcel Exam Board)

We have introduced a Foundation course for Year 9 pupils in Business Studies which leads to a 2 year BTEC Business Enterprise course in Year 10 and Year 11. The Year 9 course enables pupils to grasp a basic understanding of the subject. It equips them with the skills required to successfully achieve when they begin their qualification in Year 10. There are a number of cross curricular links with Maths, ICT, Geography and RE. This ensures pupils have a wide and varied access to other areas of the National Curriculum. In Year 9 pupils will explore topics such as Business Enterprise, The Economy and Finance. There will be a range of individual assignments, group projects and exam style papers as part of their assessment.

Year 10- BTEC Technical Award in Enterprise

The BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise has been designed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of business. You will have the opportunity to develop the key enterprise, financial skills and knowledge necessary to enable you to understand how businesses recognise opportunities and build on them to succeed. You will also develop and apply your business knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.

Course Content:

  • Unit 1: Exploring Opportunities (Internally Assessed) 
  • Unit 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity (Internally Assessed)

The units focus on the development of core knowledge and understanding, including the range of enterprises and the key features and factors that contribute to an enterprise’s level of success. The development and application of skills such as analysing research, information, planning and financial forecasting, communicating and problem solving. Reflective practice through pitching an idea for an enterprise activity that allows learners to reflect on their own communication skills and the viability of their enterprise activity following feedback.

  • Unit 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise (Externally Assessed)

There is 1 externally assessed unit which will be set and marked by the exam board. The assessment must be taken by the learner under examination conditions and is one hour in length. The exam board allows re sit opportunities.

Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2, and enables learning to be brought together and applied to realistic contexts. It requires learners to analyse and interpret information in relation to an enterprise and to make recommendations on strategies to use to improve the performance of the enterprise.

This course will enable you to develop into effective, independent learners and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. This course also provides opportunities for you to develop the communication, problem solving and research skills needed for working in the business sector. This can be achieved through presentations and in discussions where you have the opportunity to express your opinions.


Key Stage 5 Courses:

We currently offer the following course at Key Stage 5.

AQA Level 3 Certificate in Applied Business.

This qualification is aimed at 16 to 18 year old learners who wish to progress to higher education and/or pursue a career in business and/or business-related subjects (eg management, finance, entrepreneurship).

This qualification provides a broad understanding of business knowledge and skills to support progress to higher education. This qualification can also prepare people to take up

employment in business and entrepreneurship, either directly after achieving the qualification or via higher education at university or college.

Studying this qualification will enable learners to develop the fundamental knowledge and skills recognised as most important by higher education and employers. The qualification also offers learners an opportunity to develop transferrable skills, such as teamwork, research and communication as part of their applied learning.

All of the units in this qualification are mandatory. The qualification’s synoptic focus at this level is on the four key themes of business education: people, markets, finance and operational delivery. In the qualification, the learner will cover topics such as:

  • The role of finance in planning an enterprise, analysing and making financial decisions
  • How business organisations use the human, physical and financial resources at their disposal to achieve their dynamic goals
  • The nature of enterprising behaviour and how this can be personally utilised to best exploit entrepreneurial opportunities within specific market conditions.

This qualification is 180 guided learning hours and consists of three mandatory units.

Year 1:

Financial planning and analysis - External examination (approx. 16% of final grade)

In this unit, students will explore the financial issues that enterprises need to consider. To do this, you will need to explore different ways in which enterprises can be owned and how they can be financed. Students will need to understand the issues that enterprises face concerning cash-flow. You will calculate profit, break-even and cash-flow to monitor the enterprise. Finally, you will use this information, as well as from final accounts and market information, to make business decisions.

Business Dynamics - Internally centre assessed assignment (approx. 16% of final grade)

Human, physical and financial resources are essential for the success of business organisations. In this unit, you will investigate the factors contributing to the success of businesses, focussing on the role played by managers, supervisors and employees. You will consider how businesses organise themselves and you will develop your ability to analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of these organisational structures. You will investigate how businesses can gain a competitive advantage over other businesses, for example, through improving their operations, and the factors that determine

the market share held by a business. You will then consider the role of management in improving the competitive position of businesses and how managers implement policies to improve the ways in which staff operates – individually and as part of the wider organisation. Finally, you will consider the potential for businesses to survive and grow by investigating the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of businesses.

Entrepreneurial Opportunities - External assignment (approx. 16% of final grade)

Enterprising behaviour is essential to the success of any business. You will consider how your own skills and personality type affect the ways in which you might exploit an entrepreneurial opportunity. You will also investigate the factors affecting the success of enterprise, considering the importance of the customer value proposition, target market preferences and networking with key support groups (such as family and business people). You will then consider the options available to you for enterprise. You will investigate marketing activities to meet the needs of your target market. The method of operating

the enterprise is also a key consideration and you will investigate ways of running it. Finally, you will consider the risks and uncertainties that might impact on its potential success and how these could be reduced.

This qualification supports entry to a range of business and enterprise associated higher education courses, such as management, finance, entrepreneurship, economics etc when taken alongside other qualifications and is confirmed by the specific support of a number of universities. In addition, the qualification carries UCAS points.

Year 2

Unit 4 – HR Business Planning – Externally assessed exam (approx. 16% of final grade)

In this unit, you will investigate how managers can organise, motivate and lead employees through organisational change to achieve business objectives. This will include the importance of leadership, how employees and managers interact in the workplace and the impact that different organisational structures have on how managers and employees work in them. You will study the role of management and contrast this with that of leadership. You will investigate the importance of business culture, the factors affecting the motivation of employees and why they might resist organisational change. You will study why styles of leadership are important to the way in which a business functions and how the chosen style depends on the motivational needs of employees. You will consider how empowerment can help motivate employees and how managers can use this, and leadership, to implement organisational change.

Unit 5 – Developing a Business Proposal - Internally Assessed (approx. 16% of final grade)

In this unit, you will investigate the processes required to develop, present and evaluate a business proposal. The business proposal will require human resources beyond those provided by yourself. You will develop a concise proposal and present this to funding providers. You will outline the marketing, operations, human resources and financial plans of your selected business idea.

Unit 8 – Marketing Communications - Externally Assessed (approx. 16 % of final grade)

Marketing communications are essential for any business wishing to attract and retain customers. In this unit, you will investigate the marketing communications delivered by small businesses, considering their use of traditional and modern marketing communications channels. You will then use information from your Business proposal unit assignment to plan a marketing communications strategy capable of supporting your business proposal. This will require you to investigate the buyer behaviour and communications preferences of your target market. You will also investigate how your potential competitors use traditional and modern marketing communications channels. You will then draft the communication materials needed to implement your strategy, testing these with representatives of your target market, and develop your marketing communications mix.

Nature of Homework

Students will receive homework that is designed to extend and consolidate their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and terms explored during class time. This may range from researching current topics and issues applicable to the law to completing written tasks or exam based questions/essays.


The qualification allows for a number of progression routes including: 

Higher education: the advanced awards provide a sound basis for progression to a range of HE courses, eg BA degrees in business subjects and HNDs.

Employment: the course aims to maintain and support the recognised standards demanded for Applied Business education and training in order to meet the requirements of various business sectors. 

Related qualifications in the National Qualifications Framework: the course enables students to progress to other Business related qualifications.

Extra-Curricular Activities for post 16 students

  • Trips to established businesses such as Amazon and Jaguar
  • Guest speakers including The Bank of England, RBS and Midland Heart
  • University master classes
  • Revision and coursework workshops

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