Business Studies

Examining Body WJEC

The business world affects everyone, both at work and in our leisure time.  This course gives students the knowledge of how modern business works.  It also develops the skills students will need to operate effectively both in work and as a consumer.  The course has a wide range of areas in the syllabus and is an attractive and “real” course which links closely with the world outside school.

What you will be studying

The course studies all aspects of business.  From the basic concepts of why businesses exist and their types, the course looks at ownership and the running of a business, including finance, marketing, motivation and organisation. External influences and pressures are also explored and take in the areas of government, trade unions, pressure groups and business ethics.

How you will learn

To help students learn and develop business related skills and the wide ranging use of technology, the method of working is flexible.  Much of the work is based on assignments where students are responsible for their own work, within the structure set out by the teacher.  There are also regular input sessions by staff.  The local community and real-life experiences are used wherever appropriate, with visits to businesses and from local business people.

The use of Information Technology is an essential element of the examination and students are actively encouraged to develop and refine their skills.  The use of computers is a growing area of business life and the course attempts to equip students with the proper skills.

How you will be assessed

There are two main assessment tools:

–  Examinations

–  Controlled assessment

The examination is worth 75% of the total.  The controlled assessment is worth 25% of the total.


Contact:         Mrs. L. Smyth – Head of ICT / Business Studies Faculty