"Good for outcomes, Good for teaching, learning and assessment, Good for personal development, behaviour and welfare, Good for 6th form, Good for leadership and management - Ofsted 2017"

Cedars Upper School

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Business Studies

Team Leader:  Miss K McIntosh
Team Leader e-mail address: kmcintosh@cedarsupper.org.uk         

The Business Studies department is staffed by five teachers who all have previous experience in private industry: Miss K McIntosh, Mr M Pantling, Mr D Jones, Mr P Stock and Mr J Butt

The department currently offers the following courses:

  • GCSE Business Studies  
  • GCSE Economics
  • BTEC Level 2 Travel and Tourism
  • BTEC Level 2 Business Studies
  • OCR Cambridge National in Marketing & Enterprise
  • A Level Business Studies
  • A Level Economics
  • BTEC Level 3 Business Studies

(information on the syllabus for each course and text books used is at the end of this page).


Each year approximately 100 students choose to study a Business Subject in Sixth Form. Demand for our subjects at GCSE level is incredibly high with over 100 students opting for a Business Studies subject in our current year 10 cohort.

Our recent team review (2018) stated, "subject knowledge, differentiation, a range of teaching strategies and engagement continue to be strengths in the quality of teaching and learning".


"Staff have excellent relationships with students and there are clear routines in place that result in excellent behaviour for learning in lessons".


Each year, we offer a range of out of school activities to support and enrich our curriculum Past trips include:

 Sixth Form - New York, International Business      

  • Sixth Form - Tutor2u Exam Workshops, Birmingham
  • Sixth Form - Alton Towers/Cannon Raceway, Marketing Seminars
  • Yr 11 Business and Leisure - Thorpe Park, Marketing seminars
  • Yr 10 Leisure & Tourism - Woburn Safari Park, Marketing seminar
  • Yr 10 Economics - Bank of England, Monetary Policy


A large number of our students go on to study Business (or Business related) degrees at university.  We are a very strong and experienced Business Studies department with excellent IT facilities.

Recent successes  Summer 2017

100% pass rate for all GCSE subjects including:

GCSE Business Studies - 85% A*- C

GCSE Economics  80% - A*- C


100% pass rate in A Level Subjects including:

A Level Business Studies - 80% A*-C

A Level Economics - 80% A*-C


Syllabus for each course and text books used in school are currently:




Text book

GCSE Business


Hodder Education Edexcel GCSE Business Studies 1-9, Ian Marcouse

GCSE Economics


Hodder Education OCR GCSE Economics 1-9, Bancroft et al

BTEC Level 2 Business Studies


Hodder Education BTEC First Level 2 Business, Needham et al

A Level Business Studies


Pearson Edexcel AS/A Level Business, Hall et al

A Level Economics


Pearson Edexcel AS/A Level Economics, Alain Anderton

BTEC Level 3 Business Studies


Pearson Education BTEC National Business  - Student Book 1