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Business Studies

Staff List and HOD Names

Mrs D Vallely – Head of Department

Mr M Vallely

Miss J Bradley

Aims of Department

Business Studies is a contemporary, dynamic and exciting subject, which allows our students who study it to gain an insight into the business world.  This insight is invaluable to those students who wish to pursue a career in a number of different pathways, including Business Management, Finance, Human Resources, Business Administration, Marketing, Retail Management and Accountancy.  


At All Saints College, we offer a variety of qualifications at both Key Stage 4 and 5.

Outline of Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5

Key Stage 4

GCSE Business Studies

The GCSE Business Studies course allows students to explore many topics including marketing, finance, human resources as well as the contemporary topics such as social enterprise, e-business and m-business.


The course is split into three units, two exams worth 40% each and a controlled assessment task worth 20%.

Unit 1: Starting a Business – exam at the end of Year 11

Unit 2: Developing a Business – exam at the end of Year 12

Unit 3: Planning a Business – Controlled assessment in Year 12


BTEC Level 2 Business Studies

The BTEC level 2 Business course is designed to allow students to think creatively, research and investigate real life businesses.  Students have to prepare work independently and present findings in a range of ways which meet the requirements of the qualification.


The course is split into 4 units, each is assessed individually and are worth 25% each.

Unit 1: Introduction to Business – Coursework

Unit 2: Finance for Business - Exam

Unit 3: Enterprise in the Business World – Coursework

Unit 6: Recruitment, Selection and Employment – Coursework


OCN Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Business

This qualification is targeted at students who wish to develop their understanding of the skills within the world of Business.  It is designed to allow students to develop their research and creativity skills.  It is a new and exciting course and students will learn about new elements of Business, including Social Media for Business.  It is 100% portfolio based and there are a total of five units to complete, including:

  • Business Aims and Objectives

  • Social Media for Business

  • Customer Service for Business

  • Mental Health, Wellbeing and Building Resilience

  • Effective Communication skills in the Workplace


Key Stage 5


OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Business Studies

This Level 3 qualification will help students achieve their potential.  It will give them an insight into the ever-changing world of Business!  The course is portfolio based and requires students to meet strict deadlines.  There are six units in total, to complete – three in Year 13 and three in Year 14.


Unit 1: The Business Environment

Unit 6: Business Communication

Unit 2: Business Resources


Unit 3: Introduction to Marketing

Unit 5: Human Resource Management

Unit 11: Internet Marketing

Career Opportunities

The Business Department offers a wide range of opportunities, to our Key Stage 4 and 5 students, to sample a range of different career opportunities particularly through our links with Businesses in the local community.  We work closely with the Credit Union, who have sponsored the Business Studies Student of the Year Award.  We also have links with Concentrix, The Innovation Factory.  There are exciting career opportunities for Business students with a variety of employers, we have been privileged to have PWC, Andor and Deloitte into the school to give students the opportunity to explore apprenticeships.

Additional Information

As Business Studies, is a Key Stage 4 and 5 subject, we have introduced a short online course to KS3 students, through University of Ulster Outreach Academy.  We have teamed up with the Year 10s to introduce an online course – Let’s Get Digital: Social Media Branding.  This is a new and exciting opportunity for our KS3 students to get a taste of the Business world.  They will study modules including: Marketing Goods and Services, Digital marketing and Mobile Engagement.


Useful contacts

Local Further and Higher Education


University of Ulster Outreach Academy



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