Business Studies

Business Studies is taught at GCSE, BTEC and A level following the Edexcel syllabus.

Pupils considering this subject should have a keen interest in current business issues as they try to answer questions such as:

  • How will Apple cope with the threat of Samsung?
  • How will Brexit impact on business strategy?
  • Should companies merge?
  • How should businesses cope with falling growth rates in many economically developing nations?
  • Will Aldi continue to see profit growth as the UK economy recovers?

Business theories are used to analyse and evaluate the range of questions mentioned above.

Enrichment and Co-Curricular  

The Department runs trips and events throughout the academic year. These include:

  • Business Studies conferences with highly respected speakers in the field
  • Visits to Surrey University where pupils participate in Junior Dragons’ Den and Apprentice competitions
  • A visit to Bloomberg to see how the organisational culture, structure and leadership styles impact on the Performance of the business
  • Pupils are also given the opportunity to form and run a model business.


The Business Studies GCSE is a very popular subject, with a high percentage of pupils continuing their studies by taking Business, Business BTEC or Economics at A level.

At GCSE, we assess the challenges faced by start-up businesses, how to overcome them and how businesses maintain successful growth.

Please click here to find out more about our GCSE option.

A Level

At A level, pupils learn about business strategies and how businesses must adapt to changes in their internal and external environment. We have two courses to choose from:

Please click here to find out more about our Business A level.

Please click here to find out more about our Business BTEC.

Looking Further Ahead

The majority of A level pupils continue to study Business related subjects at university.

Most areas of finance, accountancy, general management and consultancy require the study of Business at some point.  Currently, Business and Economics related subjects are the most popular degree of choices for Royal Russell pupils.