Business Studies

The Business department at Churchmead offers 3 subjects at key stage 4 which include Business Studies and Economics GCSEs and the level 2 BTEC First Award in Travel and Tourism. We are also an integral part of the school’s sixth form provision, delivering the BTEC National Level 3 in Business at key stage 5. The department enjoys a dedicated air conditioned ICT suite for all lessons, including 33 computers, flip video recorders and various other innovative resources. Educational excursions are a large part of all 3 subject areas with previous trip destinations including; The Bank of England, Coca Cola factory, Cadbury’s World, Arcadia Group plc and various locations owned and run by Merlin Entertainment. We also enjoy utilising guest speakers whenever possible to enrich students’ learning opportunities. The business department also has a strong extracurricular offering, in order to enrich the learning of our students beyond the classroom. This includes; Various Young Enterprise Projects, The Dell Powering Transformation Project and the BT Digital Champion Project.

Business Studies GCSE

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 lessons explode 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


GCSE Business Studies is an option in Years 9, 10 and 11 and will involve students setting up mini enterprises in school and completing a coursework project worth 25% of the final grade. Studying Business allows students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities. Students taking the AQA GCSE in Business can progress to A-Level or BTEC National level 3 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.

Travel & Tourism

The travel and tourism industry is one the UK’s largest employers, offering a variety of exciting and rewarding career possibilities.

The BTEC First Award in Leisure and Tourism specification at Churchmead gives students the opportunity to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the industry, providing them with a first step onto the career ladder.

Why choose this subject?

An extremely large number of students that have attended Churchmead have gone on to study Travel and Tourism at Level 3 and progressed into a job within the industry. With tourism being such an integral part of the local area, from Windsor Castle to Heathrow airport, a vast number of employment opportunities are available for young people in the area. Studying a Travel and Tourism BTEC can be the first step in securing employment within this exciting industry.

The course looks at changing leisure activities and travel behaviour, the destinations that people visit and changes in patterns of tourism, including the issues of impact and sustainability that they raise.

The students also study travel and tourism organisations – the businesses which make up the leisure and tourism industries. The specification includes the study of promotion and sales activities, working in leisure and tourism and health and safety issues faced by leisure and tourism organisations.

Travel & Tourism at Churchmead has a dedicated air conditioned ICT suite, including 33 computers, flip video recorders and various other innovative resources.

The coursework assignments have been written ‘in house’, specifically for our Churchmead student community to ensure that the course content is active, practical and fun, whilst still allowing for achievement at the highest level.


This GCSE Economics course has been re-designed this year to be more applied to real life situations and is specifically aimed at helping students gain the ability to manage their personal finances thought their life. It covers vital topics such as; mortgages, loans, savings, share options and general financial planning. GCSE Economics will develop students’ ability to recall, select, communicate and apply their knowledge and understanding of concepts, issues and terminology in a variety of contexts.

Economics is Become More Relevant to Everyday Life

The first unit studied on this course is related to money and personal finance. In this section, students use the personal lifecycle as a framework to consider their needs and wants, how these are likely to change over time and how they can manage their personal finances more effectively. Students will be introduced to basic economic concepts to help them make informed judgements, by weighing up costs and benefits. Students are encouraged to explore the moral and ethical dilemmas that arise when making decisions to do with spending, saving, investing or borrowing money.

Career opportunities and further studies

Economics GCSE provides progression for those wishing to continue their studies to A-levels in Business, Economics and Applied Business. Economics is also an ideal subject for those that wish to progress to a course in further education.