Business Studies


The Business Studies courses offered at Kent College Dubai create well rounded, holistic business pupils who are able to look strategically at business scenarios and make thoughtful decisions from the evidence presented to them. Evaluative and analytical skills are highly developed throughout each of the courses, as is an enquiring mind of the world. Whatever career path pupils choose after leaving school, there is no doubt that they will be working in an organisation of some description. Studying Business will ensure that pupils have a greater understanding of the wider issues that influence organisations and thereby help them to succeed in whichever career pathway they choose.

Key Stage 4 (IGCSE)

IGCSE Business Studies is a two-year course following the Edexcel specification. It is an exciting and interesting course. Pupils gain an understanding of how businesses work; how the world around them affects decision-making within a business; what leads to change and how businesses respond to these issues; and, the range of perspectives that can be taken on business activities.

IGCSE Business Studies enables pupils to:

  • actively engage in the study of business to develop as effective and independent pupils and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements
  • develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
  • appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business activities
  • consider the extent to which business activity can be ethical and sustainable.

A good grade in this course will provide pupils with a sound basis for progression to GCE Advanced Level Business Studies, IB or to employment. The course helps provide pupils with a sound understanding of business and the ability to use knowledge, skills and understanding appropriately in the context of the UK, European and international markets.

Key Stage 5 (A level)

The A level Business course is available in both AS and A-level pathways. The two separate qualifications are fully co-teachable in the first year of study. The interrelated nature of business is explored using models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations. Decision making within dynamic internal and external environments forms the fundamental concept of the subject. The specification covers many aspects of business including: management and leadership; finance; marketing; operations; human resources; and strategy.

Assessment: The AS course is assessed in three separate examinations. These exams assess both quantitative and qualitative skills in the form of short answer, data response and extended essay questions. The A2 course is assessed in three papers. The strategic nature of the assessment has both quantitative and qualitative aspects. A mix of short answer, multiple choice, data response and extended case study essay assessment is distributed amongst the three papers.

What opportunities can A-level Business provide? Because it involves a range of skills, both quantitative and qualitative, Business education complements virtually any other A-level course. It represents an excellent choice for candidates who are seeking breadth without venturing into wholly unfamiliar territory. For those planning university studies, it encourages skills useful for any course. For those planning a career in business, or one where business techniques will be useful, it provides opportunities for developing practical skills, as well as an overview of business theory and issues. For anyone, it encourages an interest in the world outside school and provides some excellent life skills in basic financial understanding.

Head of Business Studies: Jane Barker jbarker@kentcollege.ae
I graduated from the University of Northumbria with a First Class Honors Degree in Business Studies before working as a buyer for Asda Wal*Mart in the UK. After taking a sabbatical and traveling to Mombasa, Kenya, I decided to move back to the UK in order to become a teacher: I qualified with a Distinction in my PGCE in 2007. I have since been working in the UK and, most recently, as a Head of Business and Economics in the British School of Bahrain. I am excited to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs here at Kent College Dubai.

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