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Business Studies

The Business Studies Department mainly contributes to the Key Stage 4 Curriculum. Pupils have the choice of studying the following subjects for GCSE:

Study is completed over Years 11 and 12 with the final assessment completed at the end of Year 12.

The following OCR examinations are offered either to supplement GCSE study or as an alternative to it.

These qualifications are well recognised by employers and also offer pupils the opportunity to progress to further study.

Key Stage 3

All pupils in years 8, 9 and 10 are assigned three thirty minute periods of art each week with units of work lasting between 8 and 10 weeks. At the end of year 10 pupils are given the opportunity to continue Art and Design to GCSE level.


The Department is well equipped with up-to-date resources, e.g., textbooks, DVDs and case studies. As Information Communication Technology is an integral part of both GCSE courses, extensive use is made of three computer suites in Senior School. Access to the Internet is invaluable for research for GCSE coursework.

Year 10 Business Studies

Business Studies is also offered to Year 10 pupils. This is to give pupils the opportunity to gain experience of this subject and allow them to make informed decisions with their subject choices for Years 11 and 12.

An exciting development has been the introduction of the Young Enterprise Business Insight Day. Year 10 pupils were actively engaged in generating product ideas; producing a prototype and devising a marketing plan in order to sell their product.

Links with Industry

Local businesses have an important role to play in keeping pupils abreast of the ever-changing business world. Pupils visit local businesses such as Tayto and the Antrim Enterprise Agency.

These visits were useful for pupils of GCSE Business subjects who were completing research for their coursework. Pupils have also attended a Young Enterprise Masterclass, which involved listening to the business experience of various entrepreneurs.

Young Enterprise

The Young Enterprise Programme is offered as an after school activity to Year 11 pupils. It is an opportunity for pupils to put business theory into practice by running their own business. Sales are achieved in school and by competing for customers at Trade Fairs.

For the last three years in a row, our Young Enterprise Companies have proven their business acumen and gained tremendous success by winning the award for 'Northern Ireland Junior Company of the Year'.

Integrated Status Obtained