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Coombes Girls School


In the future, everyone will need to have had some business education. Whatever you do in your career, the chances are that it will involve some ‘business’. Scientists, engineers and artists will all need to understand the basics of how to run an organisation.

Through our business courses, you will learn about how to use the theory and concepts in areas such as Marketing, Finance, Operations and Human resources. You will also explore and provide solutions to real business problems looking at companies such as Coca-Cola and Apple.  


Business Studies gives you the opportunity to learn about the many areas of business and how these are applied in real-life situations. You will be able study how small, national and international businesses are operated and explore the basics of starting up a new business venture. You will also gain a good understanding of enterprise, human resources, marketing and finance. Choose Business Studies as an option and you will have the chance to develop business skills in a vocational context that you can apply to any career.

What does studying Business GCSE involve?  

  • 100% Exam.
  • Theme 1 & 2 units of study.
  • 2 written exams at the end of 2 years.
  • Lots of business topics such as market research, profits, business plans, technology, legislation and the economy.

How will I know if I will be good at it?

  • Students will be assessed after each topic with a test. Verbal and written feedback will also be provided through marked assessments.
  • If you follow and are interested in Business innovations.
  • If you enjoy calculations.
  • If you enjoy arguing and writing essays to prove your point!

What skills will I develop?

  • Team work
  • Writing
  • Numerical
  • ICT
  • Business Knowledge
  • Real Business examples
  • Analysing
  • Evaluating

Where could this subject lead?

Career pathways include:

  • Advertising
  • Armed Forces
  • Arts admin
  • Broadcasting
  • Central & Local Gov’t
  • Computing/IT
  • Finance
  • Guidance/Counselling
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Library/Information work
  • Market research
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Management Consultancy
  • NHS Management
  • Personnel
  • Police
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Purchasing
  • Retail
  • Self-employment
  • Social Work
  • TEFL
  • Teaching
  • Tourism
  • Transport

University Courses

  • Management Studies
  • Banking
  • Leisure & Sport
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Economics, Politics & International Relations
  • Management & Mandarin (Chinese) MFL
  • Computer Science
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Fashion Buying
  • Law & Business Studies
  • Hotel/ Retail Business Management

Combination of other subjects, Other good A-levels include:

  • Product Design
  • Politics
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Maths
  • Sciences
  • Most other subjects are relevant

Past Alumni



Institution Name

Course Placed




International Business


Iman Thorayah






Industrial Design and Technology




Business Management


Year 10 will involve studying 2 themes, both of which will be worth 50% of the final grade. Topics include:


Content overview

● Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

● Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

● Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice

● Topic 1.4 Making the business effective

● Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business

Students will be tested after each topic to assess their understanding and progress on the course. A mock exam will also further assess understanding at the end of the year.


Content overview

● Topic 2.1 Growing the business

● Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions

● Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions

● Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions

● Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions

Students will be tested after each topic to assess their understanding and progress on the course.  Mock exams will also further assess understanding at the end of the year.

business trips and events

INDUSTRY VISITS TO COOMBE                                                                                                                                                                                             SAINSBURY                                                                                                                                                                                       VISIT TO THE MUSEUM OF BRANDS                                                                                      VISIT TO CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURES