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Business & Finance

Subject Overview

The Business Studies Department provides students with an insight into the world of work. Students will discover how businesses operate and will learn about their key functions. Young people are a part of the business world and at some point each and every one is affected by it - as consumers, producers or employees. Business & Finance will use the experience of pupils and direct their interests into the 'real world'.


At Key Stage 4 we offer the Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise (603/1916/1).  It is for learners who wish to acquire knowledge and skills through vocational contexts.  The qualification enables learners to develop their technical skills, such as market research skills, planning, promotional and financial skills using realistic work scenarios, and personal skills, (such as monitoring own performance, time management and problem solving) through a practical and skills-based approach to learning and assessment. Learners will acquire knowledge, understanding and skills to underpin their practical activities in assessment, which will complement their GCSEs.


At Key Stage 5 we offer both the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business (360 GLH 601/7159/5) and the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Business (510 GLH 601/7161/3). 

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. 

The Diploma is designed to be the substantive part of a 16–19 study programme for learners who want a strong core of sector study. This programme may include other BTEC Nationals or A Levels to support progression to higher education courses in business areas before entering employment. The additional qualification(s) studied allow learners either to give breadth to their study programme by choosing a contrasting subject, or to give it more focus by choosing a complementary subject. This qualification can also be used to progress to Higher Apprenticeships.

We also offer the LIBF Diploma in Financial Studies (6008537X).   It provides an in-depth exploration of the important concepts of financial capability and how to apply them in achieving longer-term financial stability both at a personal level and within the Banking and Finance sector.  Within DipFS the student explores the political, economic, social, technological, ethical and legal impacts of personal finance in the short, medium and longer terms. Through this, a greater understanding of the impact that global events can have upon consumers and the wider financial services industry is developed. DipFS therefore enhances the ability to make informed financial decisions through effective planning to manage the risks and challenges of finance.


Due to the vocational and real world nature of the courses students will spend time working with local businesses. 

Higher Education Links

Students routinely leave sixth form to study specific aspects of Business & Finance in greater depth at University.  In the past students have gone on to study, Marketing Human Resource Management; Accounting and Finance and Events Management.

Career Opportunities

Both Business & Finance open up a wide range of career prospects as whatever you choose to do you will be working for a business or organisation where what you have learnt will be a part of day to day life.

Previous students have gone on to work in construction, veterinary services, retail and for organisations such as Brakes Brothers, Ashford Council and Metro Bank.