Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson.


Demonstrating the real world of business to our students lies at the core of the Cecil Jones Business department’s ethos. This is so our students gain a better understanding of how local, national and international economies work and how they impact on their lives now and in the future. Our aim is to open avenues for our students and to be innovative and creative in our delivery of the concepts they study. Students develop their knowledge in a supportive and stimulating environment enabling virtually all to progress and achieve real success. We currently offer GCSE Business, and studying this will set solid foundations for higher education as well as for the employment market. You will study real business examples to understand how to manage them to success and the challenges faced in business.

We share a keen interest in the subject, a positive approach to our work and a commitment to bring out the full potential of each and every one of our pupils. We aim to involve pupils in a variety of approaches and experiences. We encourage independence of thought yet also provide opportunity for our pupils to work in a co-operative manner, sharing ideas and developing communication skills through individual and group presentations, debates and discussions. There is a real emphasis on making the learning of concepts fun, interactive and visual. We use many mediums to give our students understanding of topics and this is also supported by well-designed resources and detailed schemes of work, ensuring that the specification requirements are met fully.

Business in Year 10 and 11

Business is a subject that offers students an introduction to how businesses are developed and grown in the real world. It informs them of the practical nature of the world we live in and the mechanisms that operate in the markets that impact on our lives. The subject is very broad combining theoretical learning with practical working examples. The courses we offer helps to bring a well-meaning balance to their learning and personal development suitable for their future needs. For example, students are regularly encouraged to give talks and presentations on business ideas to help develop their confidence and communication skills. Students are encouraged to be as creative as possible in coming up with business ideas as well as being entrepreneurial in the way they approach their studies.

The course is split into two main themes. Theme 1 – ‘Investigating Small Businesses’ and Theme 2 – ‘Building A Business’

While studying the two themes of this course you will be introduced to the world of small businesses and will look at what makes someone a successful entrepreneur. You will find out how to develop an idea and spot an opportunity, and turn that into a successful business. You will understand how to make a business effective and manage money. You will also see how the world around us affects small businesses and all the people involved.

Qualification at a glance

Recommended GCSE texts or revision guides:

  • Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business Revision Guide
  • ISBN: 978 1 292 19071 6

  • Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business Revision Workbook
  • ISBN: 978 1 292 19070 9

*Please note both of these resources are available to loan from the school library


How will I be assessed?

Theme 1 (50%) Theme 2 (50%)
The questions will be a mixture of multiple choice, data response, short-answer, extended-writing and scenario-based questions
The questions will be a mixture of multiple choice, data response, short-answer, extended-writing and scenario-based questions


Is this the right subject for me?

If you enjoy:

  • Communicating and explaining your ideas
  • Thinking creatively and making decisions
  • Working with numbers to solve business problems
  • Learning about the world of business through research and investigation, as well as through practical tasks then the GCSE Business course is the RIGHT subject for you.

Look at some of the things you can watch and apply to your business course

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t studied Business prior to taking this course. 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. This course will help you to understand all this and more.

Here is some superb student work completed in year 10 on the topic of Added Value. How would you make a plain t-shirt more valuable?

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 56% grades 9-4

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 65% grades 9-4