Business & Economics

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Curriculum Intent

The intent of our business and economics curriculum is to transform lives through learning, by igniting confidence, expanding opportunities, our core purpose is to provide empowerment, enterprise, creating opportunities in employable and enriching are learners.
Our core values,

  • provide a learning platform
  • create employable opportunity
  • create confident learners, with enriching opportunities

The intent of our curriculum is to enable all of our students to experience a full, broad and ambitious set of learning opportunities linked to the whole school curriculum, the school CHRIST values & the needs of employers. Our curriculum is intended enables learners to apply theoretical knowledge & skills into challenging outcomes. Our subject allows pupils to develop socially through teamwork & and independent enquiry through studying real businesses and the economy.

We intend that all learners no matter their prior attainment or barriers to learning access a challenging curriculum that builds them in scaffolded stages towards becoming our next generation of entrepreneurs, skilled workers through progression onto 6th Form, FE College, University Degrees or Apprenticeships.

Excellence within Economic & Business would mean each student leaving Blue Coat with a sound theoretical knowledge and understanding of the economy and the businesses where students can understand and engage with the increasingly complex business world in which we live and to enable them to become informed and confident consumers, employees and entrepreneurs.

This external environment is rapidly changing and our intention is to develop students into informed and adaptable individuals, ready and to tackle the challenges ahead.
Content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society – they will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology and business ethics, and globalisation is covered throughout topics. Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment. Real life case studies will be used wherever possible to make it easier for students to relate to and apply their knowledge and skills developed throughout the course.

Teaching and Learning

In Business and Economics we believe in delivering an ambitious yet highly inclusive curriculum to all. Our vision for Teaching & Learning is to ensure all students access the “full” curriculum and learn the breadth of content. 

Our staff have high expectations of all pupils and focus on embedding our 3Rs:  

  • Ready
  • Respectful
  • Responsible

All lessons focus on embedding the whole school Blue Coat approach:

  • Explaining and Modelling
  • Do & Practice
  • 4forAll Toolkit leading to inclusive practice:
    • Key words/Reading
    • Use of time
    • Chunk and check
    • Questioning
  • Appropriate verbal, written and visual feedback

Reading is an essential strategy within lessons. You will see staff applying the three reading strategies of:


  • OCR GCSE 9-1 Business (J204 specification)
  • Edexcel A Level Business (9B50 specification)
  • OCR A Level Economics (H460 specification)

Enrichment & Experiences

Recent/Upcoming Trips include

  • Young Enterprise (Tuesday 3:15pm – 4:15pm)
  • Bank of England Speaker


  • GCSE Business Revision/Intervention – B6, Thursday 3.15-3.45pm
  • A Level Business Revision/Intervention – Z2, Tuesday 3.25-4pm
  • A Level Economics Revision/Intervention – B6, Wednesday 3.15- 4PM
  • A Level Economics Revision on MS Teams remote sessions – Flexible (Usually Thursdays (6pm-7pm)


GCSE Results

  • A level Business 100% Pass rate with 22% (A-A) and 35% (A-C) Grades
  • A Level Economics 16 (A-A) and 68% A-C)
  • GCSE Business Studies 73 % (4-9)


Business Studies Destinations

CourseUCAS Provider NameUCAS Course placed
Bus StdsAston University, BirminghamBusiness and Management
Bus StdsUniversity of LeedsLaw
Bus StdsUniversity of NottinghamLaw
Bus StdsCoventry UniversityBusiness (Foundation Year)
Bus StdsUniversity of PortsmouthEngineering and Technology with Foundation Year
Bus StdsUniversity of BedfordshireComputer Science with Foundation Year
Bus StdsAston University, BirminghamPsychology
Bus StdsUniversity of LeicesterLaw
Bus StdsUniversity of LeicesterLaw with a Modern Language
Bus StdsBirmingham City UniversityAccounting and Finance
Bus StdsBirmingham City UniversityMarketing
Bus StdsManchester Metropolitan UniversityFashion Marketing
Bus StdsUniversity of SheffieldHistory
Bus StdsCoventry UniversityEthical Hacking and Cybersecurity
Bus StdsKingston UniversityComputer Science
Bus StdsTeesside University, MiddlesbroughBusiness Enterprise and Innovation
Bus StdsManchester Metropolitan UniversityBanking and Finance (Foundation Year)
Bus StdsUniversity of BedfordshireArtificial Intelligence and  Robotics with Foundation Year
Bus StdsBirmingham City UniversityCriminology
Bus StdsUniversity of LincolnEconomics
Bus StdsUniversity of SurreyBusiness Management
Bus StdsNottingham Trent UniversityBusiness Management and Human Resources
Bus StdsUniversity of LeicesterPsychology
Bus StdsUniversity of StirlingHuman Resource Management
Bus StdsUniversity of WarwickPsychology
Bus StdsLoughborough UniversityGraphic Design (with placement year)
Bus StdsCoventry UniversityBusiness and Marketing
Bus StdsAston University, BirminghamBusiness and Management
Bus StdsUniversity of LeicesterComputer Science with Foundation Year

Economics Destinations

CourseUCAS Provider NameUCAS Course placed
EconomicsUniversity of NorthamptonSoftware Engineering
EconomicsUniversity of LiverpoolMathematics with Finance
EconomicsManchester Metropolitan UniversityBanking and Finance (Foundation Year)
EconomicsUniversity of PlymouthEconomics
EconomicsUniversity of LincolnEconomics
EconomicsUniversity of BirminghamEconomics
EconomicsUniversity of ReadingComputer Science
EconomicsDe Montfort UniversityBusiness Economics
EconomicsAston University, BirminghamBusiness and Management
EconomicsUniversity of SussexSocial Sciences (with a foundation year)
EconomicsNottingham Trent UniversityMarketing
EconomicsCoventry UniversityTourism and Hospitality Management