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The Business department is committed to ensure all students acquire the knowledge and skills to achieve their business acumen.

The department currently offers BTEC First Award in Business – Level 2.



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Why study this subject? 

Business prepares you well for a wide variety of career paths. Students will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills including: independent research; application of knowledge; analysis of scenarios and information; synthesis of research gathered; justification of decisions made; evaluation of overall performance and presentation techniques. All valuable skills needed across a variety of employment sectors.  

Topics of Study and Assignments

In Year 10 BTEC Business you will learn about the national and local factors affecting start -up business; how to research your local market; identify a gap in the market; research the local area and use specific statistical data. You will create a business plan to propose a new start-up in the local area. You will learn about all technical documentation required to run and analyse a business, and how to make suggestions to improve a business’ success.

Year 11 you progress onto brand promotion and marketing and learn how large businesses promote their brands and the issues with poor branding techniques. You will then apply your branding and promotion knowledge to the start-up business proposed in Year 10. You will also learn about how a business recruits staff, the process of applying for jobs, and how to develop a career plan.

The Team

Jo Robson qualified with a Bachelor of Education 23 years ago and has since had a varied teaching career creating and delivering innovative learning in schools, football clubs, the community and for Apple.

Ms Fran Macauley is  a teacher of Business and is qualified with a Business and Leisure Management Degree BA Hons. She has previously been a teacher of Business at Worthing College, Northbrook College and at Dorothy Stringer. She has also been a teacher of Travel and Tourism at Sussex Downs College. Her interests include being outdoors and spending time with her toddler.

Events and Activities

AMEX Business Master Class, run by Albion in the Community Enterprise Day at Varndean 6th Form.


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