Welcome to the Business Studies Department.


Business studies is an exciting and dynamic course which examines how businesses work internally, and how they respond to changes in the wider world and society. Students learn a range of skills in human resource management, finance, marketing and the organisation of production of goods and services.

It is well-suited for students who can write well, have an interest in the world of business and entrepreneurship, and possess reasonable numerical skills.



Our vision is to be an outstanding Business Studies Department. All pupils will achieve academic and vocational excellence and this will be reflected in 100% A*-C at GCSE and A Level or equivalent as a result of pupils being guided to the right subject choice. We will be a cohesive, close-working Department, providing a caring and supportive environment for our pupils and each other. Our subject numbers will continue to grow as a result of the exceptional teaching and learning provision and the continuous development that we put in place from rigorous monitoring and evaluation. Our pupils will be well equipped to make a valuable contribution to society by developing valuable employability qualities and skills in order to give them the best life chances.



  • To be one of the most successful AS and A level Business Studies departments in Northern Ireland
  • To develop within students a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value.
  • To help students acquire a range of skills, including decision-making and problem solving in the light of evaluation and the quantification and management of information.
  • To make students aware of the current structure of business and business practice, as reflected in events and issues affecting organisations in different sectors and environments, recognising that they face different degrees of competition



Mr P Maybin (HOD)

Mr E Mc Veigh

Miss M Duffin

Mrs D Gomez

Mrs S Hunter

Mrs N Magee

Mr S L Mc Goldrick


GCSE Business Studies

GCSE Business Studies (Exam Board CCEA):

Through studying GCSE Business Studies, students gain business knowledge, understanding and skills. They begin to understand current events in local, national and global contexts. They learn how to use relevant terms, concepts and methods effectively to describe business and economic behaviour. Students also consider business ethics and the impact of business on the environment.

The main topics covered at GCSE are:

  • Business: Aims, Types and Organisation
  • Human Resources
  • Production
  • Marketing
  • Finance and Accounting


Assessment is based on two external written examination papers which account for 75% of the final marks.  The remaining 25% is based on a controlled assessment.

Content Assessment Weighting Availability
Unit 1: Business Start Up
  • Business Start Up
  • Production
  • Marketing

External written exam

1 hour 20mins

Format: Structured questions

35% January
Unit 2: Business Development
  • Finance
  • Managing People
  • Business Growth
  • Business Plan

External written exam

1 hour 40mins

Format: Three structured questions with an incline of difficulty





Unit 3: Controlled Assessment

Controlled Assessment

Format: Candidates complete one task from a range of tasks released in September each Year






The study of this course should help to facilitate the study of Business Studies and related subjects at a more advanced level.

Post 16


CTEC Level 3 Certificate/Introductory Diploma in Business


These courses offer students two years to explore the world of business through an exam-free vocational qualification that is designed to give students a work-focused alternative to traditional A Levels. They have been designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate and develop the practical application of knowledge and understanding in the areas of work and enable the development of research skills, both independently and in groups.


Is this subject right for me?

A keen interest in business and the economic environment is important as you are committing to a two year course and we want you to enjoy your studies.  This type of course is often chosen by students who find the pressures of examinations very stressful and feel that the coursework option provides a more positive reflection of their academic ability.  However, there is a large amount of written work that needs to be completed and it is essential that students are able to work independently and meet deadlines throughout the year.  Students should be self-motivated and possess good time management and organisational skills or be willing to develop these qualities over the duration of this course.



Cambridge Technicals are assessed through hands-on assignments based on real life scenarios covering all core business functions – planning, HR, production, marketing and finance. Submissions forms vary but include articles, letters, business reports, leaflets.


Year 1 (3 units)The Business Environment – Different types of business and how they are influenced by the wider environment. • Business Resources – Managing core resources available to businesses, including human, physical, technological and financial. • Introduction to Marketing – Introduction to the basis of marketing, focusing on the role of market research and how it contributes to marketing planning and marketing mix.


Year 2 (3 units)Business Accounting – Creating some of the most common financial accounting methods, including ratios, to determine business performance. • Human Resource Management in Business – Motivating staff and how to measure performance effectively. • Final Unit – (Currently under review)


Pupils will be guided through key business concepts and theories, supplementing their learning with individual and group research, discussions, problem-solving and interpretation of data. This knowledge will be assessed in assignments that build to completed units.

Submissions formats vary but include articles, letters, business reports, leaflets, posters, videos and presentations.


All work is assessed by coursework and this is internally marked by your subject teacher.  A moderator from OCR Examination Board visits Cross and Passion College twice a year and verifies these marks.


Further Opportunities

Due to the combination of academic learning and practical application offered by this course, you have a variety of options.  You may choose to attend university to study a subject of your choice.  If, however, you wish to seek employment, the various units that this course offers will provide you with an insight into how businesses function and help you to make an informed decision regarding the role that you may wish to pursue within a business environment.


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