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Buxton Community School

Buxton Community School

Business Studies

Head of Department: James Ward  (

Key Stage 4 

Knowledge of how and why businesses operate will be of great relevance to all young people, whether they enter further education or enter the world of work. Businesses are part of our everyday lives, providing us with the products we need, communicating relentlessly with us through advertising, providing employment and inventing new products and services that transform how we live. Pupils will study GCSE Business Studies which focuses on what businesses are and how they organise themselves to achieve their objectives. The course provides an excellent foundation for studying Business Studies at A level but is not a pre-condition for entry onto that course.

What you learn

The topics that are included in Business Studies include

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Business operations
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
  • Finance

Examples of what you will be looking at:

  • The different types of business ownership
  • The importance of marketing to a business’ success
  • The rewards and risks involved in business
  • Different production methods
  • Finance
  • Business ethics and the environment
  • Globalisation


Possible careers with a Business Studies qualification include the following:

  • Accountancy
  • Advertising
  • Banking, Retail/Investment/Commercial
  • Building Society Manager
  • Buyer, Industrial/Retail
  • Company Secretary
  • Commodity/Futures Broker
  • Distribution/Logistics
  • Human Resources