The Business Studies Faculty

About the faculty


Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.

Richard Branson

Faculty Staff

Johan Snyders
Subject leader for Business and ICT
Ashley Catlin
Assistant Head teacher and teacher of Business and ICT
Samuel Dwamena
Teacher of Business and ICT
Charlene Gill
Teacher of Business and ICT Head of Sixth form

The aim of the Business department

GCSE Business Studies (OCR) Course description What you will study How the course is assessed
More information here You will cover a range of topics in relation to both small businesses and large businesses including starting a small business or the different type of business organisations, finance, marketing, people and operational management. These topics will be covered in lessons in preparation for the two examinations and a controlled assessment. You will also develop a range of skills including presentation, communication, problem solving and leadership. You will be studying 3 units: A291 – Marketing and Enterprise A292 – Business and People A293 – Production, finance and the external business environment A291 – Marketing and Enterprise assessed through a controlled assessment = 25% of the course A292 – Business and People assessed through a written examination (1 hour) = 25% of the course A293 – Production, finance and the external business environment – written examination (1h30min) = 50% of the course
Year 11 Applied Business (Edexcel) Course Details Overview of content for Investigating How Businesses Work Unit Overview of content for Financial Records Unit
More information here


1. Investigating How Businesses Work *Unit code 5AB01

  • Internally assessed
  • Availability: June series

2. Financial Records *Unit code 5AB02

  • Externally assessed
  • Availability: June series

The unit contains three topics:

  • What is a business and what do businesses do?
  • How are businesses organised?
  • Why are stakeholders so important?

Overview of assessment

  • This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.
  • Students are required to complete an Edexcel-set task with a total of 100 marks.
  • Students select two businesses – one local and one national/international – to research.

They then answer a number of set questions based on the content of the unit in relation to these selected businesses, using their research materials, under controlled conditions of a set duration.

  • Research/investigation – approximately eight weeks of curriculum time (a maximum of 24 hours).
  • Final write up – approximately four weeks of curriculum time (a maximum of 12 hours).
  • The task is internally marked by teachers and moderated by Edexcel.

Edexcel GCSE in Applied Business Specification – Issue 3 © Edexcel Limited 2010

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The unit contains four topics:

  • Investigating the flow of financial documents used in business trading
  • Investigating business payment methods and costs
  • Investigating the nature of financial statements in business
  • Investigating the importance of financial statements to business

Overview of assessment

  • A one-hour untiered examination marked out of 60 and suitable for all levels of students.
  • Six structured questions, comprising a mixture of multiple-choice, short- and extended answers[/one_half_last]



Year 13 Business (OCR Exam Board) More information here





















Year 12 AS Business (Edexcel Exam Board) More information here

Course description

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 GCE Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Business is

structured into two themes and consists of two externally examined papers.

Students are introduced to business through building knowledge of core business

concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding

of how businesses work.

Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to

the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a

range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

What you will study


BTEC Business Extended Certificate More information here

The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business-related subjects. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels

What you will study and how you will be assessed







Gifted and Talented

For GCSE and A level Business students are made aware of the 4 levels of response when answering questions and are encouraged to attempt higher levels of response
In BTEC Business all students are encouraged to attempt the higher grade tasks.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Students are regularly taken on trips to enhance the learning of this subject. These include:

  • Warner Brothers Studios
  • Harry Potter World
  • Cadbury’s World – Birmingham
  • Alton Towers
  • Clothes Show
  • Colchester Zoo
  • Retail research trips

Students also have the opportunity to take part in Business Studies competitions. Our school is the current holders of the North Hertfordshire Business Enterprise Challenge cup organised and sponsored by North Herts College and Peter Jones (from Dragon’s Den)


For further details please do not hesitate to contact any member of staff in the department.