» About Us
» The Business Studies Team
» Curriculum
» Useful Link

About Us

Normal life in our country today would clearly not be possible without businesses.

Business studies therefore employs an analytical, evaluative and investigative approach to the subject. It gives students the skills and knowledge to understand how businesses are set up and managed.

Business studies lesson explodes into life with:

  • Animated presentation which facilitates students’ understanding of key examination techniques
  • Interactive and fun activities  with lively exercises that seek to introduce and reinforce key concepts
  • Short video case studies and supporting worksheets which seek to illustrate key concepts as well as giving students ideas for integrating the video into lessons

Studying Business allows students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities.  Students taking the NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Business and Enterprise or BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise can progress to Level 3 courses in Business which can lead to a number of Business and Economics related degree courses. Students can further progress into degree courses in related business subjects as well as many other social science courses.

Careers for Business Students include:

Accountant, Financial Analyst, Store/Area Manager, Operations Graduate, Investment Banker, Fund Analyst, Broker, Risk Analyst, Corporate Markets Graduate, Assistant Brand Manager, Trainee Buyer, Business Operations Graduate, Management Consultant, Business Analyst, Store Development Trainee, Human Resource Manager, Fraud Strategist. 

The Business Studies TeaM

Teacher of Business Studies: Mr E Constantine-Cort

"I believe Business Studies is a great subject to study at The Aylesbury Vale Academy. I feel it prepares students for the world of work and gives them the tools and understanding to deal with the modern world. I am a firm believer that students learn by doing."

Teacher of Business Studies: Mrs P Marina

"After completing a Degree in Business Administration with the University of South Africa Mrs Marina completed a Post Graduate Certificate in teaching specialising in Business studies. I have a particular passion for equipping young learners with the skills to better themselves in the area of business and setting them up to become successful entrepreneurs." 

Teacher of Business Studies: Mrs G Spencer

"I graduated from the University of Lancaster with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Business Education with QTS.  My first teaching job brought me to Buckinghamshire in 1997 when I began my teaching career and I love the area so much I am still here!  I have taught in a number of schools in the area between then and now and acquired many different experiences from a range of schools which have all been valuable in their own way.  When I am not teaching I enjoy cooking and baking with my two daughters, taking them to the theatre, listening to country rock music, travelling to see friends and family."




Introduction to Basic Concepts - an overview of the course.



NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Business and Enterprise

Students start a two year V Cert NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Business and Enterprise. V Cert’s are designed in collaboration with employers to ensure they equip individuals with the skills the workforce needs.  They empower pupils with industry-relevant skills and knowledge appropriate to a range of growing sectors. V Certs are combined Level 1 and Level 2, to recognise the achievements of pupils of all abilities. They’re graded from Level 1 Pass, Merit, Distinction, through to Level 2 Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*, which is the equivalent to GCSE grades 8.5-1.

Studying this V Cert will give pupils the core skills and knowledge they’ll need to prepare for an enterprising career.  They’ll learn how a business is structured, who stakeholders are and why they’re important, and will gain an understanding of the different areas of a business, from HR and finance to operations and marketing.

This qualification aims to:

  • focus on the study of the business and enterprise sector
  • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge
  • provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills

The objectives of this qualification are to:

  • understand entrepreneurial characteristics and business aims and objectives
  • understand business organisation, legal structures and the importance of stakeholder engagement
  • analyse market research, market types, marketing mix and market orientation
  • analyse human resource requirements for business and enterprise
  • understand operations management
  • understand business growth
  • understand sources of enterprise funding and business finance
  • analyse the impact of the external environment on business and enterprise
  • apply business and enterprise planning

During year 10 students developing their skills and understanding to prepare themselves for assessment in year 11. The course is assessed in two components:

  • A synoptic project non-exam assessment (NEA) which is worth 60% of the total course. It is externally set, internally marked and externally moderated.
  • An written exam assessment (EA) which is worth 40% of the total course. It is externally set and externally marked.



First teaching September 2018 / First certification July 2020

The course is made up of three components and two of these are internally assessed and one externally assessed. Current year 11 students have completed the first component, Component 1: Exploring Enterprises, an internally assessed component contributing to 30% of the course. The three-block structure (Exploring, Developing and Application) will allow students to build on and embed their knowledge, grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learnt.

Component 2 - Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity

Which comprises of internally assessed assignments and also contributing to a 30% of the total course. The focal points would include exploring ideas to plan for a micro-enterprise activity, pitching a micro-enterprise activity and reviewing own pitch for a micro-enterprise activity.

Component 3 - Promotion and Finance for Enterprise 

This is an externally assessed task and contributes to a 40% of the total course. This unit is an examined unit, students will have one opportunity to re-sit. Key emphasis will be on promotion, financial records, financial planning and forecasting.

Useful Link