Sackville School

Business Studies

Business Studies

Business is offered at GCSE and A level; however, we are always looking at ways to engage students in the Lower School with the subject.  In the past KS3 students have taken part in The National Enterprise Challenge and each year they are encouraged to enter the Fantasy Stock Market competition.  This competition is open to all year groups and students are given a notional £500 and are challenged to invest it in the companies with the highest stock market growth potential. 

The subject holds relevance in everyone’s life whether it is learning about communication, finance or how the economy impacts on businesses; this will be relevant to many situations students will find themselves in throughout their life. 

In the Business Department we aim to provide an interesting and fun learning opportunity for the students.  At GCSE students are required to study two businesses and in recent years we have based our investigation around Thorpe Park and The George and Dragon pub in Chipstead.  Students will visit both these businesses in order to carry out research and develop a better understanding of how they are run.  In 2016 there was a 100% A* - C pass rate with 80% of students attaining A/B grades.  

Another activity within the Business Department is the highly beneficial Enterprise Project.  All students who take Business A level are encouraged to take part in this programme but any Sixth Form students are welcome to join in.  This is a really important programme that offers so much for the students who take part in it.  Students can expect to develop skills in organisation, planning, communication, team work, finance and, of course, enterprise.  Last year students successfully ran a tuck shop that contributed to the school charity.

Leisure Studies is also offered at A level and is an excellent opportunity for students to develop skills in event management.  The subject carries the same UCAS points as other traditional A Levels but particularly suits students who prefer more practical study as 60% is coursework based.  Recent students have achieved A grades and gone on to study Events Management at universities including Bournemouth.