Year 9 Curriculum - Business Studies

Course Content

In Year 9, students will be given the opportunity to begin studying Business Studies, providing the experience to allow them to be successful in KS4 at either GCSE Business Studies or our vocational option, Cambridge Nationals in Enterprise and Marketing.

From September, students study theory based around starting up a business, including the qualities of entrepreneurs and the legal structures of smaller businesses.

In the second half term of Year 9, students will embark on a project based around marketing a product, this will help to embed the theory with real world application whilst learning pitching skills.

The next term will follow a similar structure, covering content surrounding finance and recruitment leading to a written exam. This will be followed with another project to embed the knowledge in a more practical manner.

Throughout the rest of the course, students will cover topics such as legislation, motivation and production. This will give them a real grasp of business.

Year 9 offers a real opportunity to allow students to see whether the GCSE or vocational option is the right one for them moving forward to KS4 within the department. It is vital that students perform at their very best throughout the course, as this will later impact on whether they can opt for specific courses in Year 10.



There will be five assessments throughout the year to monitor students’ progress. Three of these assessments will be written exams, testing the students at the end of each theory module. The other two assessments will be project work, culminating in a sales pitch to their teacher and the rest of their class. This will provide students with real life business skills as well as preparing them for KS4.

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Theory 1 – Marketing

Written Exam

Marketing Project unit

Practical Assessment

Theory 2 – Finance

Written Exam

Finance & Production Project

Practical Assessment

Theory 3 – Legislation

Written Exam


Additional Information

Please be aware that home learning will be set throughout the course, which students must complete as one of the requirements for choosing Business Studies courses within Year 10.

Students must take this course should they wish to take either GCSE Business Studies or Cambridge Nationals in Enterprise and Marketing in future options.


Enquiries to: Mr G Mawers – Subject Leader: Computer Studies