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Departmental vision and aims:  To develop an awareness of the rationales of business to a wide range of students, both as consumers and employees, and as potential employers.

Staff:  Mrs G Murray (Head of Department); Mr J McKee, Mr R Forsythe

Teaching and Learning:  All Business Studies classrooms are equipped with an Interactive Whiteboard and a full suite of computers, allowing pupils to complete coursework to a high standard, as well as building their ICT skills.

Key Stage 4: BTEC Level 2: 
Students will be able to apply their knowledge and understanding to current Business issues for a business within the context of local, national and international situations. 


BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Business

Exam Board:






Unit 1 - Introduction to Business


Unit 2 - Finance for Business

Unit 3 - Enterprise in the Business World

Unit 6 - Recruitment, Selection and Employment






 September 2018-January 2019

January 2019 – June 2019

September 2019 – January 2020

January 2020 – June 2020


Pass / Merit / Distinction / Distinction*


 All units, except for Unit 2 are portfolio based and individual research is encouraged on all assignments. These are assessed internally by teachers.

 Unit 2 is an externally assessed unit.  The exam for this unit takes place through an online test.  If required, pupils can be given the opportunity to resit the test to improve their grade.

 Key stage 5: BTEC Level 3

Students will study a range of units including Exploring Business, Finance, Market Research and Developing a Marketing Campaign.

Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities:  Young Enterprise Company Programme for Year13 students – Link Teacher Mr J McKee

Educational visits and trips: Business Studies visits link with curriculum topic areas for example production – Wright Coach Works Ballymena; Coca Cola factory Lisburn; Tayto factory Tandragee; Aunt Sandra’s Confectionery factory Belfast; Denroy Plastics, Bangor

Subject revision resources:  Departmental prepared materials for all exam level students.  Revision classes timetabled before exam sessions begin.  Past paper materials are widely used to ensure that students develop good examination technique.

Business links:  The Business Studies Department has developed links with several businesses in the Bangor area, with whom we liaise for coursework assistance at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.