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

The teachers who deliver Business are passionate, knowledgeable and aspirational for all their students. They teach students at both KS4 and KS5, and enthuse these students with a love for both the subject, and the real experience of running a business. All students taught in the department benefit from a well-resourced environment with computing facilities available to complete controlled assessment portfolios.

The approach taken to teaching the subject is rigorous and based around developing the skills that will allow students to both succeed in their exams and qualifications, and to take them beyond into the world of business and enterprise. Students finish their courses with this department able to critically evaluate business behaviour, to analyse the performance of real businesses, and to show enterprising skills of their own that can be applied to the real world. Broader transferable skills are also developed, with students being encouraged to communicate effectively using different media.

The department are also active participants in the KS5 Young Enterprise Challenge and the school has won numerous awards for the outstanding student performance in this competition over the years.


The NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Business and Enterprise involves five hours over two weeks of classroom based learning.

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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.


More details of our Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Extended Certificate in Business course can be found in the Sixth Form section of this website.
Year 12 Assessment Timeline

Year 13 Assessment Timeline