Curriculum Intent

The Dorcan Academy’s Business Studies curriculum allows students to develop skills that go beyond simply starting your own business and explore a wealth of opportunities preparing them for the world of work and beyond. The ethics of good business practice, and preparation to undertake a professional role in any business is underpinned by The Dorcan Academy Character Values, with significant weighting on personal responsibility and resilience alongside honesty and integrity.

The powerful knowledge accessed through Business Studies, relates not only to curricula-based knowledge such as that which makes a business successful, sources of finance, roles within a business, financial calculations, and the roles of individuals within a business but also to the examples of successful entrepreneurs, the wider impact of globalisation and ethical and environmental considerations and empowering individuals to make informed decisions. We recognise this powerful knowledge allows them to contribute successfully to society whilst also supporting their wellbeing.

We aim for students at the Dorcan Academy who opt for Business Studies to apply what they learn to real-life scenarios, and gain practical experience of enterprise and marketing, no matter what their previous experience has been.

At the Dorcan Academy by developing skills for life that promote interpersonal, independent, professional, reasoning and research skills, Business Studies nurtures the soft skills that businesses are looking for and provides the platform for success. We promote a scholarly approach for those students who wish to pursue business studies beyond their GCSE experience, knowing that they can break down barriers through equipping themselves with the skills to succeed.


In Business Studies last year, 45.2% of students achieved grades 9 to 5; and 58.1% achieved grades 9 to 4.

What we study – Topic Overview

 Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
Year 10Business ActivityBusiness Activity and MarketingMarketingMarketingPeoplePeople
Year 11OperationsOperationsFinancesInfluences on BusinessRevision   

How we assess

Assessment in Business Studies is undertaken fluently throughout lessons, with dedicated time to improve the skills of identifying, explaining, analysing and evaluating business terminology and scenarios. We place the theory into practice, through exam style questioning, where we will then have the opportunity to spend some dedicated time to improve the work. There are summative assessments that focus on an accumulation of knowledge throughout the course.

Meet the team

Mr James Allen – Teacher of Business

Mr Lee Morgans – Deputy Head and Teacher of Business

Curriculum Allocation

Students may choose Business Studies as an option at GCSE and will receive 5 lessons a fortnight.

Enrichment Opportunities

Enrichment opportunities are offered through extra curricular activities and growth mindset days.

The Dorcan Academy
St. Paul’s Drive
Covingham, Swindon
Wiltshire SN3 5DA
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The Dorcan Academy is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales under company number 07831414. The registered office is St. Paul’s Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 5DA.