Business students at Charters School will be enthusiastic and curious about the modern day management of business with the ongoing opportunities and threats faced in the dynamic market place. Students are required to be critical and reflective in their learning and to understand business behaviour from a range of perspectives, they must be willing and able to challenge the assumptions made through theory.

This means:

  • They will have a strong understanding of the internal management of an organisation along with an appreciation of external influences affecting decision-making.
  • They will be able to develop knowledge and skills needed to understand how to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions.
  • They will be confident in using both quantitative and qualitative skills and appreciate that, when evaluating using both can improve the robustness of a judgement.
  • They will be well read and independent in their learning.
  • Students will be able to articulate their thoughts, debate and discuss key issues facing the modern day business environment.


A level Business Students follow the Edexcel syllabus. The curriculum is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers.  Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.  Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions



Theme 1: In this theme, students are introduced to the market, explore the marketing and people functions and investigate entrepreneurs and business start up.
Theme 2: In this theme, students explore the finance and operations functions, and investigate external influences on business.

Theme 3: In this theme, students develop their understanding of the concepts introduced in Theme 2 and explore influences on business strategy and decision-making.

Theme 4: In this theme, students develop their understanding of the concepts introduced in Theme 1 and explore business activity in a global context.


The minimum entry requirements for Charters Sixth Form can be viewed here

In addition to these the subject specific entry requirements for Business are:

GCSE grade 5 in English Language or Literature.
GCSE grade 6 in Mathematics.




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Complementary Subjects

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