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Business Studies

Business Studies provides students with knowledge of how the world of business operates.  In addition to knowing how to deal with finance, marketing, production and the human resource functions, students also look at how business operates with regard to central and local government, the EU and the importance of international trade.  Business Studies is a subject that requires imagination, together with a creative and inquisitive mind.  Business decisions are often open-ended; there may be more than one way of approaching problems.  Students investigate, analyse and interpret results in order to draw balanced conclusions. 

Students can choose Business Studies GCSE (Edexcel) as an option at the end of Year 9 and Business Studies A-Level (Edexcel) in Year 12.

The Business Studies Curriculum at Ashmole Academy is underpinned by four subject specific curriculum pillars.

Business Studies Curriculum Pillars

Pillar 1: To demonstrate knowledge of business concepts and theories, and acquire an overall understanding of business in a range of contexts.

Pillar 2: To apply business skills, including numerical, decision making, problem solving and analysis to a range of real-world business issues, problems and opportunities.

Pillar 3: To think critically to evaluate evidence and make informed judgements and propose evidence-based solutions to business issues.

Pillar 4: To communicate effectively using specialist business terminology in written and spoken form.

These pillars make explicit the purpose of studying Business, including the knowledge and skills that are developed over time.

The pillars are referred to in every lesson, enabling students to link new learning to what they already know and can do.