Cheney School

Cheney School


head of humanities and business Faculty - Miss J Gleen -

The Business department is a highly successful and well developed department within Cheney School.

We have a balanced team of professionals with excellent subject knowledge and experience with business people, which is used to enhance the learning of students within the department.

As a team we aim to provide support and motivate all students to not only reach target grades or levels but to beat them.  Lessons involve a variety of teaching styles which reflect the needs of all of our students. We look to develop Business students to become successful and independent learners and prepare them for the 21st century.

Business Studies

We offer GCSE and A Level Business Studies with a diverse and challenging curriculum, covering all aspects of the business world.

We participate in the Young Enterprise Programme, this allows students to gain practical experience of planning and managing a trading business. Students receive valuable support from Young Enterprise’s network and business volunteers. YE is an extremely valuable experience and something many businesses and universities look for on a young person’s CV.

We currently have a YE company, made up of Year 12 business students, named “Charm It” who have held craft fairs across Oxford, hosted the Oxfordshire Central Area  “Super Charging Your Sales” Seminar with local YE companies attending along with speakers from business, and were finalists for the “Central Oxfordshire Area Company of the Year” Award. Our Young enterprise students also had the opportunity to sit an exam, the OCR Level 3 Certificate for Young Enterprise, which is a recognised qualification and carries UCAS points.

We have also previously been involved in a more local “Dragon’s Den” style competition where our students submitted and presented business proposals to Students at Saïd Business School (University of Oxford) who then became mentors for the business idea. In 2013, two of our Sixth Form students won the entire competition.

Key Stage Three

Business is not studied during Key Stage Three.

Key Stage Four

Business Studies GCSE

What will I study?

You will learn more about how small businesses are developed and discover how businesses promote themselves and keep their customers happy. The course is split into three units:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Small Business     
  • Unit 2: Investigating Businesses
  • Unit 3: Building a Business
How would it help me in the future?

GCSE Business Studies can help you prepare for further and higher education such as AS/A2 Levels and BTEC courses. You will become skilled at decision making, being creative, understanding finance, communicating and working as part of team. A GCSE Business course could lead to work in a business-related profession such as accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry.

How will my work be assessed?
Unit 1
Examination (25%)

Unit 2
Controlled Assessment (25%)

Unit 3
Examination (50%)

Multiple choice

Real life company research

Multiple choice & written answers to questions

What students say

Business has given me a clearer idea of what I want to achieve career-wise and from this course I have gained independence, life skills and a sense of confidence in my own work.

We are able to relate to the topics we learn in class and compare them to our day to day life and real life situations.

The course has allowed me to discover new interests. I have learned that I enjoy understanding the way in which a business is run and the variables that must be considered. I also enjoy learning about the economy and what encourages people to spend their money.

Key Stage Five

Business Studies A Level

Exam board: Edexcel
Entry requirement: Distinction in BTEC First Business or B grade in GCSE Business and minimum of C grade in English and Maths. B grade in English if Business GCSE or BTEC not taken.

Students learn about the challenges and issues of starting a business, including financial planning; how businesses improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions; strategies for larger businesses and how managers might measure the performance of the business; the effects that external factors can have on businesses and how a business can plan for and manage change, including leadership style and change in business culture.

For full details please refer to our subject guide

NB - Business Studies will not be available as an option to current Year 8 students from September 2017