Welcome to the Business Studies Department

Welcome to the Business Department at Poole High School. Students studying towards a business qualification learn the key skills and understanding that are essential in the modern economy, and our aim is to help all our students to achieve the very best they can.

We bring business into the classroom through up to date examples, GURU speakers and links from our extensive business partners. It is our mission to develop skills such as literacy, numeracy, presentation and interview skills, as well as a good knowledge of how a business works, whether that be a small business or a global multinational. With our wide range of courses on offer we strive to ensure students are studying the right course for them, whether it be a traditional academic course or a more vocational course.

Departmental Courses

  • GCSE Business Studies (Edexcel)
  • GCE Business Studies
  • BTEC Business

Who do I contact for more information?

Ms E Wyatt (e.wyatt@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk)

Business Studies – GCSE Business Studies

Why study Business Studies?

It is unlikely that you will have studied business before but you might have an interest in businesses or working in a business one day, in particular in a management role. You may have an enquiring mind and be interested in learning about the world around you, how businesses are set up, and operate. You may have really enjoyed Enterprise experiences lower down the school.

The course is both active and enjoyable. You need to be good at communicating and explaining your ideas, and not afraid of learning new things and working with numbers to solve business problems. You will learn how to be a creative thinker and how to make decisions. What’s more, you will also learn about the world of business through research and investigation, as well as through practical tasks.

Topics include:

  • Business activity – what is business? How do businesses operate/work?
  • Finance – understanding how to make a business effective and managing finances
  • Influences on business – seeing how the world around us affects businesses
  • Business operations – how businesses are organised and how they produce goods
  • Marketing – how businesses promote themselves and keep their customers happy
  • Human resources – how businesses manage the people who work for them.


  • There are two 90 minute papers consisting of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions.
  • Questions in Sections B and C will be based on business contexts given in the paper.

Skills you will acquire whilst studying Business Studies

  • using business terminology to identify and explain business activity
  • applying business concepts to familiar and unfamiliar contexts
  • developing problem solving and decision making skills relevant to business
  • investigating, analysing and evaluating business opportunities and issues

Which students do well at Business Studies?

  • Those who have an interest in working in a big business, particularly in a management role
  • Those looking for a career in Finance, Retailing, Law or Management
  • Those who have an interest in national and international companies like Amazon, Google, and Coca-Cola
  • Those who have good literacy skills – there is a lot of reading and comprehension involved


Business Studies – BTEC Enterprise

Why study Enterprise?

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to acquire knowledge and skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, behaviours and skills related to researching, planning, pitching and reviewing an enterprise idea.

The qualification gives the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on the knowledge, understanding and skills required to research, plan, pitch and review an enterprise idea that include:

  • development of key skills that prove aptitude in planning an enterprise activity, including market research, planning, carrying out financial transactions, communication and problem solving
  • knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, such as the features and characteristics of enterprises and entrepreneurs, and the internal and external factors that can affect the performance of an enterprise
  • attitudes and ways of working that are considered most important for enterprise, including monitoring and reflecting on performance of an enterprise idea and own use of skills.

Topics include:

  • Exploring Enterprises
  • Planning for and pitching an enterprise activity
  • Promotion and Finance for Enterprise


  • 2 components are internally assessed coursework
  • 1 component is an externally assessed exam

Which students do well at Enterprise?

  • …those who have an interest in small and big businesses/enterprise,
  • …those who might like to run their own business one day,
  • …those who like demonstrating their skills.


Business Studies – BTEC Travel and Tourism

Why study Travel and Tourism?

This qualification provides an introduction to the world of travel and tourism giving you the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills which you can easily transfer into this industry. The travel industry is one of the biggest sources of revenue and job opportunities in the local economy so would benefit anyone who is thinking of working in this sector in the future.

You will explore some of the key areas within the sector, including accommodation, tourism development and promotion, transportation and visitor attractions. You will also investigate the importance of the travel and tourism sector to the UK, and investigate different types of customer and UK destinations.

Topics include:

  • UK travel and tourism sector
  • UK travel and tourism destinations
  • The travel and tourism customer experience
  • International travel and tourism destinations.


The students’ work is regularly marked throughout the course with guidance given on how it can be improved and refined. At the end of the course their teachers mark the three coursework units and these final grades are then verified by a representative from the exam board. There is also one externally assessed unit by completion of a mark-based exam, which is marked by the exam board. At the end of the course the candidates are awarded either a pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.

Which students do well at Travel and Tourism?

  • …those who have a keen interest in travel and tourism
  • …those who wish to go into the travel and tourism sector after studying
  • …those who wish to develop knowledge and understanding of the underpinnings of the travel industry
  • …those who wish to improve key transferable skills

What can Travel and Tourism lead to?

  • This qualification can lead students on to a level 3 travel and tourism course
  • Some students may go on to complete a Travel and tourism or hospitality based Apprenticeship

This is a useful qualification for those with ambitions to become a travel agent, aircrew, travel rep.


A Level Business Studies

Studying our A-Level Business course will ensure students study a variety of businesses in a variety of contexts through a clear and coherent structure of four engaging and up-to-date themes. Students are introduced to core business concepts and develop a broad understanding of how businesses work before they consider the decision-making tools that help businesses move towards a more scientific approach to management. Some of the key issues students will understand are:

  • Helping to develop a holistic understanding of business
  • Providing a real business focus
  • Reflecting on today’s global world
  • Developing transferable skills for progression to higher education
  • Supporting progression from KS4 study

A Level Business complements most other A-Levels however we would recommend that students will have a minimum of a ‘5’ in Maths and English and be able to draw information and data out of case study.

Topics include:

  • Marketing and People
  • Managing Business Activities
  • Business Decision and Strategy
  • Global Business

Year 12

We focus on the theory base areas of the specification in order for you to develop the correct exam technique for each of type of exam questions. Topics include; Marketing, Human Resource Management, Recruitment and Selection, Distribution, Ethics and Culture.

Year 13

Students will develop their knowledge further by investigating the Global Business world as well as all the financial information and calculations required to make effective business decisions.  


There are three exams, each 2 hours long. Paper 1 relates to theme 1 and 4, Paper 2 relates to theme 2 and 3 and Paper 3 is based on a pre-release research task and could be from any of the learning themes.

BTEC Business

Studying our BTEC Business course offers a practical introduction to business, and supports progression to further study or employment. Students will study a range of business related activities and learners will develop transferable knowledge and skills. The qualifications prepare learners for a range of higher education courses and apprenticeships.

Some of the key issues students will understand are:

  • Helping to develop a holistic understanding of business
  • Providing a real business focus on particular units of study such as Finance, Marketing and the building of teams
  • Developing transferable skills for progression to higher education
  • Supporting progression from KS4 study
  • use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making

BTEC Business complements most other pathways however we would recommend that students will have a minimum of a ‘4’ in Maths and English to cope with the rigors of the course requirements.

Topics include:

  • Exploring Business
  • Developing a Marketing Campaign
  • Personal and Business Finance

At Key Stage 5 we offer three different BTEC qualifications. The Extended Certificate (1 A Level), Diploma (2 A Levels) and Extended Diploma (3 A Levels). All of these qualifications have an element of external (E) assessment as well as internal (I) coursework units.

Year 1

Extended Certificate


Extended Diploma

Unit 1- Business Environment (I)

Unit 2- Marketing Campaign (E)

The Extended Certificate Units plus;

Unit 4- Managing an Event (I)

Unit 8- Recruitment and Selection (I)

The Extended Certificate and Diploma units plus;

Unit 7- Business Decision Making (E)

Unit 19- Pitching for a New Business (I)

Unit 9- Team Building in Business (I)

Year 2

Extended Certificate


Extended Diploma

Unit 3- Personal & Business Finance (E)

Unit 27- Work Experience in Business (I)

The Extended Certificate Units plus;

Unit 6- Principles of Management (E)

Unit 5- International Business (I)

The Extended Certificate and Diploma units plus;

Unit 14- Investigating Customer Service (I)

Unit 13-Cost and Management Accounting (I)

Business is a qualification which can help you access many doors be that through a university degree or an apprenticeship. People who study business generally go into career such as; marketing, accountancy, banking and/or finance, human resources, promotion and if you are considering starting your own business in the future.