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Our Business Department has an inspiring and ambitious vision: ‘Developing leaders for the future’.

Through the Business Curriculum at Ridgewood School we encompass the knowledge, understanding and skills of the world of work. We offer a multitude of topics which will develop independent, creative learners who have a broad and balanced awareness of Business in society. Students are able to develop their entrepreneurial skills and we encourage students to become leaders through extra-curricular activities. We endeavour to provide a creative, engaging curriculum which inspires our students in preparation for their future pathways. 


Our Business Curriculum will provide students with the opportunity to: 

  • Analyse a range of case studies which relate to real life businesses and current affairs.
  • Make links between different areas of each course and using case studies where appropriate. 
  • Reflect on their learning and make suitable evaluations with subject specific literacy. 
  • Understand a range of financial documents and calculations, and be able to apply them to relevant situations.


For more information about A level Business and A level Economics, please visit our Sixth Form course pages.



Year 11 are currently studying the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Business and Enterprise, which involves five hours over two weeks of classroom based learning. Find out more at:

Students are taught the content required to complete their coursework assignments and pass an external exam which they will sit in the October of Year 11, and can be taken again in February if a resit is required.

The final grade for the qualification is based on a structure of Not Yet Achieved, Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

How the qualification is assessed

  • Internal assessment — portfolio of evidence. This will be graded by centre staff and externally moderated by NCFE.
  • External assessment — externally assessed exam papers. This will be graded by NCFE.

Learners must be successful in both types of assessment to achieve the qualification.

Awarding the final grade

The final grade for the qualification will be aggregated by combining the grades achieved for each unit. The final grade will be issued to the centre by NCFE.

A Distinction* grade will be awarded to learners who have consistently achieved a Distinction grade in every unit which demonstrates the learners’ high standard of knowledge, understanding and skill at Level 2.

Learners are required to successfully achieve 4 mandatory units. This equates to 4 grades to be aggregated.

The table below shows how the accumulation of each unit grade is aggregated to form the overall qualification grade.

Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Business (current Year 10)

This course consists of two externally-examined papers. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Business (current Year 10)

All businesses need enterprising employees to drive their organisations forward, to have ideas and initiatives to instigate growth, and to ensure that businesses survive in this fast-changing world. Enterprise is a key government focus and is set to form an important part of the UK’s global economic status, both now and in the future. Enterprise skills provide a fantastic progression pathway into a number of roles in an organisation and are transferable into all businesses.

The qualification has three components that focus on the assessment of knowledge, skills and practices. These are all essential to developing a basis for progression and therefore learners need to demonstrate attainment across all components in order to achieve the qualification.

  • Component 1: Exploring Enterprises

Learners will examine different local enterprises to develop their knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of enterprises and the skills needed by entrepreneurs.

  • Component 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity

Learners will individually select an idea for a micro-enterprise activity to plan and pitch. They will individually pitch their business plan for their idea to an audience and then use the feedback to review their plan and pitch

  • Component 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise

Learners will explore the different promotional methods used by enterprises and the factors that influence how enterprises identify and target their market. Learners will explore financial documents and how to use them to monitor and improve the performance of an enterprise in order to make decisions and recommend strategies for success.

Please get in touch via the enquiry form on our Contact Us page, should you have any further questions about our Business Curriculum or to speak directly to our Leader of Business, Mr Richard Mitchell.