Business Studies – Key Stage 5

Year 12 – Teacher 1

Half TermTopics to be coveredKey skills covered
Autumn HT 11. What is a business1. Understanding the nature and purpose of business
2. Understanding different business forms
3. Understanding that businesses operate within an external environment
Autumn HT 21. Decision making to improve operational performance 1. Setting operational objectives
2. Analysing operational performance
3. Making operational decisions to improve performance: increasing efficiency and productivity
4. Making operational decisions to improve performance: improving quality
5. Making operational decisions to improve performance: managing inventory and supply chains
Spring HT 11. Mock exam
2. Decision making to improve financial performance
1. Setting financial objectives
2. Analysing financial performance
Spring HT 21. Decision making to improve financial performance
2. Exam technique
1. Making financial decisions: sources of finance
2. Making financial decisions: improving cash flow and profits
Summer HT 1Exam technique1. Analytical writing
2. Evaluative writing
3. Application of theory
4. Application of data
Summer HT 2

Year 12 – Teacher 2

Half TermTopics to be coveredKey skills covered
Autumn HT 11. Managers, leadership and decision making
2. Decision making to improve human resource performance
1. Understanding management, leadership and decision making
2. Understand decision making
3. The role and importance of stakeholders
4. Setting human resource objectives
5. Analysing human resource performance
6. Making human resource decisions: improving organisational design and managing human resource flow
Autumn HT 21. Decision making to improve human resource performance
2. Decision making to improve marketing performance
1. Making human resource decisions: improving motivation and engagement
2. Making human resource decisions: improving employer-employee relations
3. Setting marketing objectives
4. Understanding markets and customers
Spring HT 11. Mock exam
2. Decision making to improve marketing performance
1. Understand markets and customers
2. Making marketing decisions: segmenting, targeting, positioning
3. Making marketing decisions: using the marketing mix
Spring HT 2Exam technique
1. Analytical writing
2. Evaluative writing
3. Application of theory
4. Application of data
Summer HT 1Exam technique1. Analytical writing
2. Evaluative writing
3. Application of theory
4. Application of data
Summer HT 2

Year 13

Half TermTopics to be coveredKey skills covered
Autumn HT 1Analysing the strategic position of a business1. Analysing internal position: financial ration analysis
2. Analysing internal position: overall position
3. Analysing the external environment: political and legal change
4. Analysing the external environment: economic change
Autumn HT 21. Analysing the strategic position of a business
2. Choosing strategic direction
1. Analysing the external environment: social and technological change
2. Analysing the external environment: the competitive environment
3. Analysing strategic options: investment appraisal
4. Strategic direction: choosing which markets to compete in and what products to offer
5. Mock preparation
Spring HT 11. Mock
2. Choosing strategic direction
3. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
1. Strategic positioning: choosing how to compete
2. Assessing a change in scale
3. Assessing innovation
4. Assessing internationalisation
5. Assessing greater use of digital technology
Spring HT 2Managing strategic change1. Managing change
2. Managing organisational culture
3. Managing strategic implementation
4. Problems with strategy and why strategies fail
Summer HT 1Analysing the strategic position of a businessMission, corporate objectives and strategy
Summer HT 2