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KS5 Business

Expected Equipment

  • Pencil
  • Writing pens (Black/red/green/purple)
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Lined paper (A4)
  • Folder

Resources for learning

Students are studying Edexcel GCE Business

They are expected to have their own textbooks. The recommended textbooks are:

  • Pearson Edexcel A level Business by Ian Marcouse, Andrew Hammond, Nigel Watson Price £40 published by Hodder Education.
  • Edexcel AS/A Level Business by Dave Hall, Rob Jones Price £30 published by Pearson
  • ‘Theme 1 Marketing and People’ by Alan Hewison, originally published by Anforme
  • ‘Theme 2 Managing business activities’ by Alan Hewison, originally published by Anforme
  • ‘Theme 3 Business Decisions and Strategy’ by Alan Hewison, originally published by Anforme
  • ‘Theme 4 Global Business’ by Alan Hewson, originally published by Anforme

Students are also recommended to:

  • Read either The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Financial Times or The Independent.
  • Read The Economist
  • Watch/listen to the news on a daily basis.
  • Attend evening debates at The London School of Economics

Curriculum Information

  • Students have 10 lessons every 2 weeks
  • Students are in classes of between 15 and 30
  • Students will have two teachers each teaching separate topics
  • Students are required to undertake on line tests in their own time every 3 weeks
  • Homework is set every week, with written exam questions set, to be handed in, every 2 - 3 weeks.
  • Homework can be handed in in lessons or completed on line via Teams
  • In Year 12, Students sit mocks after Christmas and after Easter and have end of year exams in June/July. 
  • In Year 13, Students sit mocks after Christmas and before Easter. The A level exams are in June/July.
  • The teachers run drop in help clinics once a week and are always available for one to one help as needed.
  • The students are provided with revision booklets before Spring half term.
  • On the student part of the website we provide access to past papers, mark schemes, examiner’s reports, revision material, teacher PowerPoints and recommended reading lists.

Extracurricular enrichment

  • Young Enterprise company programme
  • Economics and Business debate club
  • Chartered Institute of Accountants BASE competition
  • Business/Economics summer trip

Programme of Study

Year 12

Teacher 1

Teacher 2

Autumn Term:
The Market
Product v market orientation
Methods of research
Market segmentation
Market positioning
Demand and Supply
Price Elasticity of Demand
Income Elasticity of Demand
The Marketing Mix

Autumn Term:
Sources of finance
Sales Forecasting
Break even analysis
Cash flows
Business Plans

Spring Term:
The Marketing Mix
The Product Life Cycle
 Boston Matrix
B2B and B2C strategies
Consumer behaviour
Lean Management
Total Quality Management

Spring Term:
Motivation Theories
Leadership Theories
Organisational Design
Training and recruitment
Flexible working
Business Legislation

Summer term:
Economic Influences
Corporate Objectives and Strategy
Business Ethics

Summer Term:
The competitive environment
The emerging Economies and their effects on Businesses

Year 13

Teacher 1

Teacher 2

Autumn Term:
Assessing a country as a production location
Assessing a country as a marketing location
How and Why companies grow
Ansoff’s Matrix
Global Marketing

Autumn Term:
International Trade
Foreign Direct Investment
Trading Blocs
Multinationals Corporations

Spring Term:
Reasons for staying small
Boston Matrix
Porter’s Generic Strategies
Porter’s 5 Forces
Decision Trees
Critical Path Analysis

Spring Term:
Ethics and Multinational Corporations
Interpreting Financial Accounts and Financial Ratios
Moving Average Analysis
Human Resources Analysis
Corporate Culture
Managing Change

Summer Term:
Studying the Industry Pre Release Theme for Paper 3

Summer Term:
Studying the Industry Pre Release Theme for Paper 3