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Cedars Upper School

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Business Studies

Team Leader:  Miss K McIntosh
Team Leader e-mail address: kmcintosh@cedarsupper.org.uk         

The Business Studies department is staffed by five teachers who all have previous experience in private industry: Miss K McIntosh, Mr A Haycock, Mr M Pantling, Mr D Jones and Miss L Hines.

The department currently offers the following courses:

  • GCSE: Business Studies  
  • GCSE: Economics
  • GCSE: Leisure & Tourism
  • BTEC Level 2 Business Studies
  • A Level Business Studies
  • A Level Economics
  • A Level Applied Business Studies
  • A Level Leisure Studies
  • BTEC Level 3 Business Studies
(information on the syllabus for each course and text books used is at the end of this page).


Each year approximately 100 students choose to study a Business Subject in Sixth Form. Demand for our subjects at GCSE level is incredibly high with over 100 students opting for a Business Studies subject in our current year 10 cohort.

Our recent team review (2016) stated, "The overall quality of teaching and learning is at least good and outstanding in areas" and that "Engagement was a real strength of the department and all lessons showed that excellent relationships are being formed".


Each year, we offer a range of out of school activities to support and enrich our curriculum such as:

  • Sixth Form - New York, International Business     
  • Sixth Form - Tutor2u Exam Workshops, Birmingham
  • Sixth Form - Alton Towers/Cannon Raceway, Marketing Seminars
  • Sixth Form - Leisure Studies - Mead Open Farm, Tiddenfoot, Woburn Safari, Customer Service and Marketing
  • Yr 11 Business and Leisure - Thorpe Park, Marketing seminars
  • Yr 10 Leisure & Tourism - Woburn Safari Park, Marketing seminar
  • Yr 10 Economics - Bank of England, Monetary Policy



A large number of our students go on to study Business (or Business related) degrees at university.
We are a very strong and experienced Business Studies department with excellent IT facilities.

Recent successes
100% pass rate for all GCSE subjects including 92% A*-C for Leisure and Tourism and 90% A*-C for Economics
100% pass rate in A Level Business, Leisure and Applied Business.

Syllabus for each course and text books used in school are currently:



Text book

GCSE Business


Pearson Revise Edexcel GCSE Business Units 1,3 & 5 Revision Guide

GCSE Economics


Nelson Thornes AQA GCSE Economics, Horner et al

GCSE Leisure & Tourism


Pearson Education  Edexcel GCSE Leisure and Tourism, Morris et al

BTEC Level 2 Business Studies


Hodder Education BTEC First Level 2 Business, Needham et al

A Level Business Studies


Pearson Edexcel AS/A Level Business, Hall et al

A Level Economics


Pearson Edexcel AS/A Level Economics, Alain Anderton

A Level Leisure Studies


Collins, A2 Leisure Studies, Ray Barker

BTEC Level 3 Business Studies


Pearson Education BTEC National Business  - Student Book 1