Business Education

Business Education within Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy is a popular subject that gives a broad knowledge of the world of business and can lead to a variety of jobs as well as further education opportunities. We run courses in each year group from Year 10 to Year 13 and at various levels including:

  • KS4 (Years 10 & 11) – BTEC Tech Award Enterprise (Pearson Edexcel)
  • KS5 (Years 12 & 13) – Applied General Extended Certificate in Business (AQA)

In addition to classroom-based lessons, students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities including the IFS national share investment competition, Business Dynamics and NatWest Basic Banking. The department has forged close links with several businesses including Denby Pottery, HSBC Bank, The Royal Mail, National Westminster Bank and Coors Brewery.

Students often develop their own business connections through family and friends and have the opportunity to contrast the small sole trader at one end of the scale of Business ownership with large multinational companies at the other end.

In KS4 you will learn all about what you need to be a successful entrepreneur and study topics including marketing, finance, human resources and operations. The current course is assessed by two centre marked assignments and one external exam.

Business Studies continues to be a popular option at KS4 with a significant number then choosing to study the subject at A Level and beyond.

In the 6th form, the subject is split into 6 units:

In the first year you will sit an external exam on Business Finance; complete an assignment investigating Merlin Entertainments; and then have the opportunity to complete a further assignment based on a task set by the exam board. There is a re-sit opportunity for the exam if required.

In year 2, you will sit a further exam based on management, leadership and people; then complete 2 assignment tasks based on planning and then marketing your own business, both assignments being internally assessed. Again, there is a re-sit opportunity for this year’s exam.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr A Fox – Director of Learning Business & Computing.