Business Studies

Members of Staff

  • Mrs E O’Halloran (HOD and Co-Ordinator of Employability)
  • Miss A Mulholland (Teacher in Charge of Applied Business)
Business Studies is a dynamic subject which allows pupils to gain an insight into the business world. As enthusiastic teachers, we instil in our pupils the desire to seek opportunities to be enterprising, to be the best they can and to follow the advice of the famous entrepreneur, Vidal Sasoon who said;
“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary”.

The Business Studies Department offers traditional and applied courses at both GCSE and A Level, thus providing pupils with the opportunity to choose a course that best suits their learning style.


GCSE Business Studies (Download Spec here)
This traditional GCSE is predominantly examination based. The subject content is divided into two units with Unit 1 examined in Year 11 and Unit 2 in Year 12, together with the Controlled Assessment.
Unit 1: Business Start Up (35%)
Unit 2: Business Development (40%)

Controlled Assessment: Research and a written report on a given topic (25%)
GCSE Applied Business (Download Spec here)
This vocational GCSE has a predominantly practical focus. Pupils are assessed via one Controlled Assessment worth 60% and one external written examination worth 40%.


A Level Business Studies (Download spec here)
This traditional Business Studies A Level course (ie no coursework and all modules assessed via external examination) gives an incredibly powerful insight into the business world. It can be taken to AS Level or as a full A Level. There are two units/examinations in AS and a further two units/examinations in A2.
A Level Applied Business (Download spec here)
The A Level Applied Business course differs from the traditional A Level in that it is made up of a combination of coursework and examination ie two thirds of the assessment is in the form of coursework and one third is via an external examination. Two pieces of coursework and one examination are completed for AS and then the same in A2. Visits to local businesses and from entrepreneurs and business organisations form part of the course.
Career Opportunities
Both A Level courses provide an excellent foundation for further study and equip pupils with the managerial, leadership, organisational, decision-making and accounting skills which are vital in a wide range of careers in both the private and public sectors.

For example: 

 Marketing  Industrial Management  Business Studies and Law
 Personnel Management  Hospitality Management  Business Studies
 Retail Management  Communication  Advertising
 Business Administration  Business Studies and a Langauge   Media
 Consumer Studies  Business Studies and Technology  
 Medicine  Architecture  Pharmacy
 Engineering  Private Practice  Computing
 Self-Employment  Accountancy  
 Law  Technology  

Extra-Curricular/Educational Visits

  • We run a weekly BUG (Boost Ur Grade) Club for GCSE pupils. In addition to getting help with revision and examination technique, pupils can complete quizzes, puzzles etc to enhance their understanding of the topics on the course. One popular activity used is the’ £1 Enterprise Challenge’, where pupils are given a pound coin and must undertake an entrepreneurial activity to increase this by as much as possible within a fortnight.
  • Young Enterprise programmes are provided at various times throughout the year eg Masterclasses, Project Business etc and pupils have the opportunity to attend Young Enterprise events outside the school environment.
  • Year 11/12 have the opportunity to run a mini enterprise.
  • Guest speakers from local businesses and other organisations visit both GCSE and A Level pupils to assist with research for controlled assessment and completion of portfolios eg Prince’s Trust, Ulster Bank, Conroy Hair, Ballyvessey Holdings Ltd, Boots PLC.
  • GCSE pupils visit Coca-Cola and Aunt Sandra’s to see production on a large and small scale.
  • AS/A2 Applied Business pupils visit Mash Direct, Boots and the Merchant Hotel as well as Belfast Central Library to obtain research for the completion of their portfolios.
  • Bi-annually we offer a residential educational visit and have visited London, Paris and Dublin




38 Fortwilliam Park,

Belfast, County Antrim

BT15 4AQ

028 9037 0298