Business Studies


It is the intent of the Social Science faculty to ensure that its students acquire the essential educational capital, cultural capital and social capital to which they are entitled. We seek to facilitate the personal development of our students as well as provide them with the qualifications necessary for their chosen career paths.

We endeavour to pass on to our students the powerful knowledge that the social sciences provide, allowing our students to interpret and navigate the world in which they live; with the ultimate ambition that they will achieve academically and go on to improve our society. It is our intent that the knowledge taught is grounded in the key concepts, big ideas and fundamental operations of each domain within the faculty.

We believe that demanding and challenging work is an entitlement to all students, rather than something that is an ‘addition’ or an ‘enrichment’. Challenge must not be rationed for a small group of ‘more able’ students. It is our intent to push and challenge all students academically as a matter of course. Access to difficult material will be secured within lessons through talk, scaffolding, modelling, feedback and independent practice. It is our intent that teaching and learning will be routed in the science of learning and evidence informed. 


This course is clearly sequenced with Unit 1 focused on  business concepts: such as as legal structures, business plans, objectives and stakeholders that form the basis of all our learning in Business Studies concentrating on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business. Unit 2 then looks as the external business environment including exchange rates, interest rates, legislation and ethics and how businesses can use these concepts to their advantage.  Finally, Units 3-6 examines how businesses develops their functional areas including Finance, Human Resources, Operations and Marketing to grow their business and exploit opportunities in the market.

In Business, we utilise well documented research and lots of business models to underpin our teaching and learning. The widely renowned “Rosenshine Principles” form the basis of our teaching style, where new content is introduced by the expert teacher, students have opportunities to expand their understanding through discussion tasks, paired work or shared learning, followed by opportunities for students to independently practice to cement their understanding. We make use of frequent review of learning, using data-driven instruction techniques to help close gaps where they occur. In  order to create a love of learning we introduce business concepts using real world examples and we make sure students are aware of change in the external environment as well as the objectives of real businesses including their development, problems and innovations. 


Business Studies is a well-constructed, thoughtfully taught subject which has historically led to above average GCSE results. The newly introduced V Cert Business and Enterprise course has also allowed learners to be successful in their study.

An element of curiosity and enjoyment is introduced from the very first Business lesson and continues throughout Key Stage 4, not only coming from the teaching staff but also from looking at what real businesses are doing including their innovations, marketing, share prices as well as the impact of the economy, exchange rates and legislation on business objectives and strategy.

Many students choose to continue their studies with us studying Business Studies at A Level which builds nicely on the GCSE scheme of learning.  Business students go on to study a wide range of University courses including International Business, Business and Finance as well as Business and Economics.


Social Sciences at Key Stage 5

Business Studies 

The Business Studies course is very popular and will give you an insight into how businesses operate. It is excellent preparation for anyone seeking to pursue business related courses in Higher Education and those who may be aiming to run a business of their own.

Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 5 Business Studies 

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A Level Economics will give you an excellent understanding of how economies allocate their scarce resources to meet the needs and wants of people in the economy.

Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 5 Economics

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Law is one of the most useful and interesting academic subjects that you can study. Law students not only learn about different areas of law such as criminal law, liability and human rights law, but also how the legal system operates: how law is made, how the courts work and how judges interpret law. A-level law students also become well versed in analytical and evaluative skills, which are essential for university.

Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 5 Law

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The study of politics can lead to a variety of careers within areas such as journalism and broadcasting, management, publishing, local government, public policy and policy research, interest groups, local government and the voluntary sector, as well as within politics itself.

Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 5 Politics

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Studying an A-Level in Psychology is highly useful for a wide range of university courses and careers. It will help you understand why individuals in society behave as they do whilst enabling you to develop a broad skill set, including independent enquiry, evaluation, conducting research and analysing data. It is looked upon favourably by admissions tutors and employers.

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Sociology is the study of trends of behaviour in society. Sociology is relevant to everyday life, this allows students to relate to and engage with the subject immediately with no requirement to have studied it before. Throughout the course you will be given to opportunity to carry out your own small scale research studies, this will encourage the development of critical and reflective skills and foster a respect of social diversity, which are valuable attributes to take to higher education and future employment.

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Our Staff

  • Mrs L A Peeling - Faculty Leader of Social Sciences / Subject Leader of Business Studies 
  • Mrs S K Oldfield - Teacher of Business Studies / Economics
  • Ms S Donnelly - Subject Leader of Economics 
  • Mr G Hadjipavlou - Teacher of Economics
  • Ms A Ingham - Subject Leader of Politics & Law 
  • Miss R J Leather - Subject Leader of Psychology & Sociology
  • Miss C Butler - Teacher of Psychology & Sociology

WHGS Social Sciences

Students should use the following websites to enhance their understanding of what is happening in the real Business world and to help them with exam preparation:

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