Business Studies

Welcome to the Business Department at Poole High School.

Department Staff

  • Mrs Fiona Bannister
  • Mrs Pauline Wright
  • Mr Rob Payne
  • Ms Emma Wyatt

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.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Business Studies (EDEXCEL)

Why study GCSE Business Studies?

It is unlikely that you will have studied business before but you might have an interest in business, and want to start your own business one day. You may have an enquiring mind and be interested in learning about the world around you, how businesses are set up, and what it is that makes someone a great entrepreneur. You may have really enjoyed your Enterprise experiences in Years 7 and 8.

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:

The world of small businesses and what makes someone a successful business person,
How to develop an idea and spot an opportunity,
Understanding how to make a business effective and manage money well,
Seeing how the world around us affects small businesses,
How small businesses are developed,
How businesses promote themselves and keep their customers happy,
How businesses manage both their finances and the people who work for them.

VCERT Business & Enterprise (Vocational)

Why study VCERT Business & Enterprise?

This qualification is designed for learners who want an introduction to business and enterprise that includes a vocational and hands-on element. It has been developed to enthuse and inspire learners about a career in business and enterprise. This qualification aims to:
develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of business and enterprise
develop a significant knowledge core which spans the vocational sector
provide academic and study skills that will support progression within business and enterprise and more broadly.

The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:
add breadth to their knowledge and understanding of the sector as part of their career progression and development plans
progress to a level 3 qualification, an apprenticeship or set up their own enterprise.

Topics include:

Introduction to Business and Enterprise,
Marketing for Business and Enterprise,
Finance for Business and Enterprise,
Plan, develop and participate in a business or enterprise project.

Key Stage 5

Studying our A-Level Business course will enable you to study a variety of businesses in a variety of contexts – large, small, UK focused, global scope, and in servicing or manufacturing industries. This is a 2 year course where you complete three external exams at the end.
We also offer BTEC National in Business, either the Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A Level) or the Diploma (equivalent to 2 A Level’s). These are vocational qualifications that will enable you to develop both a broad understanding of Business principles and give you the opportunity to focus on a specific area of business such as Marketing, Finance or Human Resources and Administration. This course is a mixture of external assessments and coursework.
We also offer a Finance course which is only open to those students studying a business related subject with us. We offer the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies. This course gives an insight into the basic financial concepts used within a business as well as how the banking system works as well as the different financial products and services which are available to the general public and businesses. This is a 2 year course where you will complete 4 units which are all externally assessed throughout the 2 years.
In Addition to the academic routes, we also offer the career ready program which is only available to those students studying a business course. You will be given an opportunity to attend a summer internship, attend masterclasses run by business people from the local area and also be assigned a business mentor who will help to prepare you for university or work. You will also be given the opportunity to complete the CMI qualification.