Business Studies may not make you a millionaire by the time you’re 21, but it will provide you with the entrepreneurial skills and the wider external economic understanding for you to succeed in your future business career. This course allows you to cover a wide range of theory and business models. You will learn about the internal functions of the business – Marketing, Finance, Operations and Human Resources. In addition you will learn about real-life external factors including the economy, politics, law and global competition.

Within our department, you will also have the chance to participate in a well-regarded Young Enterprise scheme, where you can put your entrepreneurial skills to the test. You will have the opportunity to run your own business, manage a HSBC bank account, compete against schools from North Yorkshire and across the country where you will hopefully make a profit that you can keep. You will also have the opportunity to take part in ‘Student Investor,’ where you can try your hand at investing a virtual £100,000 on the stock exchange and have a chance to win a trip to New York.


  • Unit One: Exploring Business
    > The purposes of different businesses
    > Structures
    > Effect of the external environment
    > How businesses survive

  • Unit Two: Developing a Marketing Campaign
    > How a marketing campaign is developed

  • Unit Three: Personal and Business Finance
    > Personal and business finance
    > Analysing and preparing financial information

  • Unit Eight: Recruitment and Selection
    > How the recruitment process is carried out in a business
    > Selection interviews and performance review


How am I assessed? 42% internally marked coursework (Units 1 and 2) and 58% externally marked tasks or examinations (Units 3 and 8). You will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Future Paths

  • Further Study
    With a qualification in Business Studies you could study at university.
    Courses include:
    > Business Studies
    > Business Management
    > Economics
    > Accountancy
    > Marketing and Public Relations

    Business Studies also supports you on Joint Honours degree courses, sandwich courses with a year in industry and for courses outside of Business Studies, such as Law, Sports Management, Politics and Media.

  • Apprenticeships
    You may choose to progress onto an apprenticeship in the local area or further afield. We have strong links with Skipton Building Society and a number of our students are taken on their apprenticeship scheme each year. You may also enter straight into employment.

  • Careers
    Potential careers you can go into with a Business Studies qualification include:
    > Analytics
    > Accountancy
    > Entrepreneurship
    > Marketer
    > Teaching
    > Treasurer