Business Studies

Why choose Business?

This course helps prepare students for further study or entry into the business world, particularly for job roles where they will be expected to use communication and IT skills, liaise with customers and carry out customer facing roles. Students will be encouraged to acquire a range of practical skills, including decision-making, problem-solving, communication and the quantification and management of information. Business can be the gateway into a number of great career choices, as well as being a fascinating subject in its own right.

We offer a wide range of courses at key stage 4 and 5.

At Key Stage 4 we currently offer GCSE and BTEC Business.

At Key Stage 5 we offer a Level 2 qualification (equivalent to 2 GCSEs) and a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to 1 or 2 A Levels).

The department consists of a dynamic team with specialist expertise in a range of areas. We deliver a variety of relevant and contemporary lessons using a real world examples such the potential demise of Tesco and the future dominance of Apple.

We expect students to be interested and independent in order to get the most from these courses.

Staff Information

NamePosition / ResponsibilityE-Mail
Mr C MumbyLeader of Learning for Business Studies & Economicscmumby [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Miss S McCarthyBusiness & Economics Teacher & Joint Deputy Head of Sixth Formsmccarthy [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mrs T GossBusiness Teacher & Leader of Vocational Business Studiestgoss [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Ms Rachel HillmanBusiness & Computing Teacherrhillman [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mr T ThompsonBusiness Teachertthompson [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk


What can students do with the course?

There are a range of careers students could progress into, as well as higher education and further education options using the skills gained through a range of units.

How practical is the course?

All businesses courses require students to have a knowledge and understanding of real world examples. All units are based on case studies or students’ own research.

What’s the difference between a BTEC Level 2 and a GCSE qualification and how are they assessed?

The GCSE course is a traditional GCSE qualification, graded A* to G while the BTEC is more a portfolio based qualification, graded Distinction* (A* equivalence) to Pass Level 1 (E grade equivalence)

How many UCAS points is the level 3 course worth?

Distinction grade is 120 UCAS points (worth the same an A grade at A level) Merit grade is 80 UCAS points (worth a C at A Level) Pass grade is 40 UCAS points (worth an E at A Level)