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Mrs H Harber, Head of Business and Computing

Mr P Baines, Mrs Bonson



Classes are taught in Computer rooms where possible.



“Above all, you want to create something you are proud of. That’s always been my philosophy of business. I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive, then I believe you are better off doing nothing.”

Richard Branson


The KS4 Programme of study enables students to:

  • Actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent learners.


  • Use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements.


  • Develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.


  • Appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities.


  • Consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.


The course is delivered through the use of relevant case studies, TV clips and real-life examples and pupils are encouraged to contribute their own experiences to discussions, making the course relevant to everyday life. Through planning and carrying out investigations, pupils will develop the skills to analyses and evaluate evidence by making reasoned judgments and presenting appropriate conclusions.  Business  has deep links with a wide range of other subject areas such as Mathematics through Business calculations,  Literacy through discussion and extended writing, Geography through looking at ethical and social responsibilities, Computing through legislation and changes in technology.  The list is endless!


What will I study?

GCSE business requires students to apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts. These include businesses ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts Students investigate how businesses interact with their employees and the financial aspect of business operations, such as revenue, costs, gross profit margin and net profit margin ratios and average rate of return. 


What advanced courses can this subject lead on to?

GCSE Business can be the basis for further study at College including A level Business, A level Economics or other Vocational Courses.


What might this subject lead to after leaving school?


  • Business Studies and Marketing degrees


  • Economics and Accounting degrees


  • Careers in Accountancy, Banking, Marketing, Human Resource Management


  • Setting up your own business!


Where do I go to find out more?


Edexcel GCSE Specification: Business

Woodhey High School,
Bolton Road West,
Ramsbottom, Bury,