Business Studies

What is Business Studies for at Meridian High School?

Business Studies is an option subject that is taught to students from year 9 onwards. This is a dynamic subject that inspires students and develops engaging and enterprising minds. 

Why does Business Studies as a subject matter?

Business Studies as a subject is important as all skills, knowledge and understanding developed by students whilst studying this subject impact on their academic and working future. 

What does Business Studies help young people to achieve?

Students understand the topic of enterprise and entrepreneurship. Students will develop an understanding of spotting a business opportunity. Students will know how to put a business idea into practice. Students will develop skills in making the business effective. Students will understand external influences on business.

Whilst studying Business Studies students will learn how to growing the business. How and why businesses make marketing decisions. Students will understand operational decisions. Students will know the financial decisions businesses have to make. Students will also learn the topic making human resource decisions

Students who undertake Business Studies as an option will prepared to face their future with the skills, ambition, passion and confidence needed. 


Topics covered in Year 9:

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • How new business ideas come about
  • The role of business enterprise and the purpose of business activity
  • The role of entrepreneurship
  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Identifying and understanding customer needs
  • The purpose of market research
  • Understanding the competitive environment
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Business revenues, cost and profits
  • Interpretation of break even diagrams

Topics covered in Year 10:

  • Making the business effective
  • The options for start-up and small businesses
  • The concept of limited liability
  • The types of business ownership for start-ups
  • The option of starting up and running a franchise operation
  • Factors influencing business location
  • The marketing mix
  • The role and importance of a business plan
  • Business stakeholders
  • Technology and business
  • Legislation and business
  • External influences
  • Business growth
  • Business and globalisation
  • Ethics, the environment and business

Topics covered in Year 11:

  • Marketing
  • Market research
  • Product life cycle
  • Branding and differentiation
  • Building a successful marketing mix
  • Meeting customer needs
  • Managing stock and quality
  • Design and research development
  • Effective customer service
  • Meeting consumer protection laws
  • Effective financial Management. How to improve cash flow
  • How to improve profit
  • Break-even charts and break-even analysis
  • Financing growth
  • Effective people management
  • Motivation theory
  • Communication
  • Remuneration
  • The wider world affecting business
  • Economic issues affecting international trade

Qualification title:

Edexcel GCSE Business Studies (2BS01) - Year 11

Edexcel GCSE Business (1BS0) - Year 9 & 10

Additional learning resources:

  • BBC news app on mobile phone
  • Watch Newsnight at least once a week
  • Watch the Apprentice
  • A-Z Business Studies