Posted by Karen Reilly on 19.11.18 in Guest Blogs

Secondary School Faculty Leader

Preparing students for their future

The importance of teaching students knowledge, critical understanding and transferable skills.

Why is Business so important?

Business as a subject across the KS4 and KS5 curriculum throughout secondary schools encourages students to be inspired, moved and changed by studying a coherent, broad, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It allows students to gain insight into related sectors such as Economics and Accounting and prepare them to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices. Moreover, students have the opportunity to develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts. The content studied across the curriculum is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society, through key contemporary developments such as digital technology, business ethics and globalisation topics.


Business helps students: develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value, be aware that business behaviour can be studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders acquiring a range of skills including decision-making and problem-solving and, be aware of the current structure of business and business practice. Business introduces students to a range of challenges and issues faced when starting a new business. They will cover the key areas of finance, marketing, HR and operations as well as investigating case studies to see how successful business strategies have been implemented. It is a very diverse subject which develops a broad range of transferable skills within students.


KS5 Business is a two-year course. In the first year, students will develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the decision making process. This includes the consideration of the internal workings and management of organisations and, in particular, the process of improving the performance of each function within the business. In the second year, students will analyse the strategic position of a business and identify effective management strategies to change the direction of the business.

How do students benefit from studying business?

Studying Business at KS5 enables students to go on to a range of degree courses including Marketing, Public Relations, Finance and Accounting, Sociology and Law. Many students enjoy the subject so much that they progress to read it at university nationally and internationally. It also helps to give direction to students with regard to future career choices as they gain insight into how organisations are managed, and the different types of departments within them. It is a subject particularly well suited to those who want to pursue a career in banking, marketing, finance or commerce, but the interests and skills required will also appeal to those with an interest in journalism, politics and the law to name but a few.

Ensuring students are ready for the workplace.


Business plays a significant role across the curriculum as it provides students with a greater understanding and awareness of the world they live in. In Business, students are encouraged to develop a range of important skills which are transferable to any walk of life. Narrowing the curriculum will restrict students development of these skills and place greater pressure on future employers to support employees with promoting these vital skills.


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