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The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School

A Church of England School



The intention of Business is to ensure that each student has the opportunity to understand the variety of topics within the subject, as well as preparing students for future employment. The Business course is a GCSE qualification which takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment with the use of real-life case studies. The course equips students with a specialist knowledge of how a business is run and the challenges involved in this. The study of key business concepts develops skills such as, creativity, financial, marketing, teamwork, problem solving and leadership. This enables our students to become educated citizens and contributes to society in a positive way.

The curriculum within Business supports the ethos within the school as the subject is broad, balanced and relevant to the needs of students and employers. The curriculum challenges students to think abstractly, work collaboratively and problem solve to develop curiosity and the desire for knowledge.

The course is designed so that the units build upon each other as the students grow in confidence. This allows the students to embed their knowledge whilst giving opportunities to put into practice what they learn. This ensures they develop their technical skills, which they can they apply to real-life scenarios through case studies and local community contexts.


The implementation of Business will provide a wide range of learning experiences which are accessible to students of all abilities. This involves group work opportunities, clearly adapted tasks, case study analysis and examination technique for external assessments.

Content involves the understanding and application of business in the real world and influences on business, both external and internal. Students will build on this subject knowledge throughout the course and then use this knowledge in their external assessments. 

We use a variety of teaching strategies, as well as utilising a range of resources to support progress.

The range of techniques allow for knowledge to become embedded within the long-term memory. Assessments are regular and frequent with recall tests at the beginning of lessons, end of topic tests and mock examinations to prepare students for formal assessment.


The Business curriculum has a positive impact on the outcomes of every student. It gives students a broad overview of every aspect of a business, this includes marketing, human resources, operations, finance, influences on business and business in the real world. This will provide benefits to students in their understanding of how businesses are run and how to operate their own business. Finally, this has proven to be a popular subject among the students, students express their enjoyment within the subject and consistently engage and participate in all activities given.