Business Studies

The Appleton School we offer a range of different business experiences available for students in Year 7 to Year 11; lessons in Money and Finance combined with Enterprise Capability, GCSE Business Studies, GCSE Business & Communications and BTEC First Award in Business.

From September 2014, our GCSE and BTEC courses are available as options, whilst Year 7 and 8 students will have lessons in Money and Finance combined with Enterprise Capability.


Business Education syllabuses are designed to encourage students to think and act like business men and women and from their very first lesson they will actively participate in a variety of situations designed to stimulate their imagination and to encourage them to make decisions based upon their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Students will learn about how businesses are developed and discover how businesses promote themselves and keep their customers happy. Students learn how businesses manage both their finances and the people who work for them.  Business at Appleton is all about reality and so learning resources are based on "real" organisations and applying theory within those situations.

Business Education is a popular optional subject that traditionally enjoys a lot of success at The Appleton School, with results well-above national averages; staff expectations of students are high and student attainment reflects the commitment and enthusiasm of staff and students alike.

OFSTED comments regarding the Business curriculum area include;

  • "Standards across the range of business education courses are very high"
  • "Students' achievement in business education courses is outstanding"
  • "The attitude and behaviour of students on business education courses is excellent"
  • "Overall teaching and learning are outstanding and contributes very effectively to pupil's learning" 
  • "Teachers are very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and concerned for the progress of each individual student"
  • "Lessons are tightly focused" 
  • "Marking and assessment of pupil's work is particularly effective and used well to help plan future lessons"
  • "Students are well motivated and extremely good relationships were evident in all lessons observed, fostering hard work and excellent progress"

If you have any queries regarding our Curriculum please contact Lesley Glover via or by using the Enquiry Form on the "school" link in the Contact tab above.  

OFSTED Survey Inspection - Business Education
We had a great OFSTED visit on 7th February 2008 - read their letter here.