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Kilkeel High School, Knockchree Avenue, Kilkeel


Yr11 Students visit BE Aerospace
Yr11 Students visit BE Aerospace

Applied Business Studies


Through studying the CCEA GCSE in Applied Business Studies, students gain business knowledge, understanding and skills. They begin to understand current events in local, national and global contexts. They learn how to use relevant terms, concepts and methods effectively to describe business and economic behaviour. Students also consider business ethics and the impact of business on the environment.  We visit the Tayto Factory in Tandragee and Poundworld, Kilkeel to ensure students get an insight into the 'real world of business'. 


In studying this course the student will:


  • Develop business knowledge to help you understand current events;
  • Have the opportunity to use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions;
  • Develop and apply your knowledge, understanding and skills to today’s issues;
  • Appreciate the roles of different stakeholders in relation to business; and
  • Have the opportunity to experience the practical elements of business.

Topics include:

Business Start Up: You will study how a business starts up and the importance of the role of the entrepreneur.

Production:  You will look at manufacturing businesses and focus on the best production methods.

Finance: You will use ratio analysis to interpret final accounts and use management accounting techniques to help you make decisions.

Marketing:  You will develop your understanding of the process of identifying and satisfying customers’ needs and wants.

Managing People:  You will study the recruitment and selection process as well as how employers can develop their staff through training and motivation.

Business Growth:  You will investigate signs of success or failure in a business and look at different ways in which a business can grow.


Business Planning:  You will study the content of business plans and why they are important. You will have an opportunity to draw up a business plan.


Overall Assessment Information

Assessment Componets

1 External Assessment (1hr exam)         40%

3 Controlled Assessments (20% each)    60%


ICT is used to enhance the pupils learning in the subject. We also encourage students to get involved in extra curricular activities like Young Enterprise, Belfast Telegraph Share Race.

A team of Year 11 Business students won the regional heat of the ‘Make Your Mark Challenge’ event run by Enterprise UK getting through to the NI final in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

Yr11 Students visit BE Aerospace