Business Studies

Curriculum Intent

The Imberhorne Business and Economics department is a dedicated and hardworking team who aim to inspire their students to a lifelong love of learning, aiding their character development. We instil passion in our students by having varied, up to date and relevant lessons which will develop their enthusiasm in the world around them. The department works together closely to make sure we work to our strengths, giving our students the best learning experience in and out of the lessons.

The teaching of Business and Economics at Imberhorne aims to develop the knowledge, skills, concepts, values and attitudes that prepare our students for further study or their life beyond education. We feel that our courses are carefully selected with the students in mind. Consequently, as a department we constantly change with the times and update our courses we offer accordingly, with the needs of the students in mind.

Why choose Business?

This course helps prepare students for further study or entry into the business world, particularly for job roles where they will be expected to use communication and IT skills, liaise with customers and carry out customer facing roles. Students will be encouraged to acquire a range of practical skills, including decision-making, problem-solving, communication and the quantification and management of information. Business can be the gateway into a number of great career choices, as well as being a fascinating subject in its own right.

We offer a range of courses at Key Stage 4 and 5. At Key Stage 4 we offer GCSE and BTEC Business. At Key Stage 5 we offer a Level 2 qualification (equivalent to 2 GCSEs) and a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to 1 or 2 A Levels).

The department consists of a dynamic team with specialist expertise in a range of areas. We deliver a variety of relevant and contemporary lessons using a real world examples such the potential demise of Tesco and the future dominance of Apple.

We expect students to be interested and independent in order to get the most from these courses.

Staff Information

NamePosition / ResponsibilityE-Mail
Mr C MumbyLeader of Learning for Business Studies & Economicscmumby [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Miss S McCarthyBusiness & Economics Teacher & Joint Deputy Head of Sixth Formsmccarthy [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mrs T GossBusiness Teacher & Leader of Vocational Business Studiestgoss [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Mr T ThompsonBusiness Teachertthompson [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk
Miss J LayBusiness, Health & Social Care and P.E.Teacherjlay [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk


What can students do with the course?

There are a range of careers students could progress into, as well as higher education and further education options using the skills gained through a range of units.

How practical is the course?

All business courses require students to have a knowledge and understanding of real world examples. All units are based on case studies or students’ own research.

What’s the difference between a BTEC Level 2 and a GCSE qualification and how are they assessed?

The GCSE course is a traditional GCSE qualification, graded 1-7 and the BTEC is more of a portfolio based qualification, graded Distinction* (grade 8/9 equivalent) to Pass Level 1 (grade 1/2 equivalent)

How many UCAS points is the level 3 course worth?

Distinction grade is 120 UCAS points (worth the same an A grade at A level) Merit grade is 80 UCAS points (worth a grade C at A Level) Pass grade is 40 UCAS points (worth a grade E at A Level)