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Business Studies

Business Studies

Course Overview

The Business ITT programme seeks to...
Help students understand and engage with the increasingly complex business world in which we live, and to enable them to become informed and confident teachers of Business. We aim to prepare our students to be tomorrow’s teachers, equipped and able to be successful at any time, anywhere, any place and to become independent life-long learners. The Business curriculum will equip students with the appropriate knowledge and skills needed to develop their employability and become positive role models for their students.
Our intention is to develop students into informed and adaptable individuals, ready to tackle the challenges ahead and become ambitious in their approach to teaching Business to all students.
Students are able to investigate and analyse real business opportunities and issues and can construct well-argued, well-evidenced, balanced arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the Business curriculum. We want students to be able to think analytically, reach logical conclusions based on research. Our students are constantly introduced to a wide variety of viewpoints and choice of strategies to allow continued self-improvement and believe that every student can achieve.

As a result, it is intended that Business trainee teachers will be able to:

  • Develop their subject knowledge to a depth and breadth that enables them to teach their subject at KS4-KS5 with confidence and competence
  • Understand the pedagogy of their subject and be both deliberate and judicious in their choice of methods and approaches
  • Be able of the curriculum requirements for the age range they teach and have awareness of how content is chosen to be broad, balanced and deliberately sequenced
  • Understand how learning happens in their subject and be able to use a range of approaches to ensure that knowledge is more likely to be retained
  • Learn about the statutory assessment arrangements for Business and be able to guide and prepare students for both internal and external assessment
  • Anticipate and address common misconceptions within planning and lesson delivery
  • Develop students’ hinterland knowledge and intellectual curiosity 
  • Use a wide range of subject terminology and be aware of strategies to help students use these terms for themselves
  • Provide learners with actionable, motivational and manageable subject specific feedback in order for them to make progress in their learning
  • Create classroom climates that are inclusive for all learners regardless of ability or background through an awareness of potential barriers to learning and how to overcome these
  • Learn how to activate hard thinking in their subject as a result of a deliberate approach to structuring, explaining, questioning, interacting and embedding knowledge

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Entry Requirements

A degree in Business Studies or a related subject, at class 2:2 or above
Maths and English GCSE at grade 4/C or above
Involvement with young people in some capacity
An awareness of issues in Business Studies Education

Reading List

Below are the essential texts you should read:


Textbooks for the examination board you will be teaching:

AQA A level Business Book 1 (For A level Year 1 and AS) By Wolinski and Coates (publisher Hodder education)

AQA A Level Business Book 2 By Wolinski and Coates (publisher Hodder education)

AQA GCSE (9-1) Business By Malcom Surridge and Andrew Gillespie (publisher Hodder Education)

The following texts are not essential reading but would be worth becoming familiar with:

‘Teaching Business Education 14-19 by Jephcote and Abbott published n 2005, let alone ‘Teaching Business, Economics and Enterprise 14-19’ ISBN 9781138045514 Published October 22, 2019 by Routledge

CGP A Level Business Complete Revision & Practice

Course Funding

There is currently no funding for this subject. To find out more about financing your teacher training, click here

Course Codes

QTS with PGCE, full time or part time - P562