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The Business Studies Curriculum at BGGS



 “To me, business isn’t about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It is about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials.”

Richard Branson, Virgin Group.

Our curriculum vision is to develop the knowledge and skills students require for higher education and employment; skills to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions. We encourage our students to follow business developments and think critically about contemporary business issues. Our aim is to prepare students for the dynamic and global business environment in order to become future business leaders and captains of industry.

 Students are given knowledge about business in a variety of contexts. Key functional business areas are introduced such as marketing, operations, finance and human resources. Students study the interrelated nature of business activities and its impact on decision making. They  investigate the strategic decisions that all businesses have to make.

 Students are presented with a variety of stakeholder perspectives, which allows them to make well-informed decisions, whether their future aspirations are to become an employee, an entrepreneur, a corporate executive or even the Secretary of State for Business.

How we assess the impact of what your child is taught:


How will classwork be marked/




Once over the two-week timetable cycle.


Once over the two-week timetable cycle (controlled assessment work being the exception).


Once every three weeks.

What classwork will be marked?


Work will be tick-marked once over the two-week timetable cycle with some comments on the quality of work.


Work will be tick-marked once over the two-week timetable cycle (controlled assessment work being the exception).


Students’ note-taking and marking in class will be checked to see the work is being kept in students’ folders.

How will students ‘reflect’ on marking/ feedback?


Students will respond to feedback using green pen.

How will Homework be marked/




Students will not be graded as there is no means of doing this for Business-in-French and for the Business lessons that are being delivered in place of Business-in-French in Year 8. Students will be given advice about how to make improvements.


Controlled assessment work will be graded with no feedback (as stipulated by the exam board). Other homework will not be graded but there will be comments about how to make improvements.


Questions completed by students will be graded with comments about how to make improvements.

What are the formal Assessments? When are they marked?

KS3 – will complete an assessment task once every half term.


KS4 – will complete controlled assessment tasks which, in total, contribute to 50% of the overall grade.


KS5 – will complete a past exam paper or set of questions once a month.