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Uxbridge High School

Business and Economics

The Business and Economics curriculum area is located on the top floor of the Lancaster Building and has five full-time members of staff. It benefits from four modern classrooms and study spaces suitable for small group work in break out areas outside of the four classrooms.


Business and Economics are committed to equipping students with the knowledge and skills to successfully enter higher education and the world of work in successful businesses. Our subject area is one which constantly evolves and remains ‘current’ in the face of an ever-changing business and economic landscape. Therefore, by choosing to engage in one of the many courses we proudly offer Uxbridge High School students, you will be giving yourself the best opportunity to learn about what is really happening in the world and how it affects your future.


In addition, in recent years our exam results have been above and beyond national average grades and a large majority of our students achieve A*-B grades which bodes well for their future. As a team of five teachers, we share a common goal to support students in developing extended writing skills and being able to effectively demonstrate exam skills, which students have reported supports them across all of their chosen subjects. We also pursue the highest standards in teaching to encourage students to explore businesses throughout engaging, thought-provoking lessons which we are confident will inspire you to become passionate about our subject area.


key stage 4

business - gcse

This courses introduces students to issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business. It explores the activities of business and the reasons for success or failure. It encourages students to appreciate that businesses must operate within society and that this involves businesses engaging with a wide range of stakeholders who will hold differing perspectives.

The following topics are included on the course:

  • Business Organisations
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resources (People & Motivation)

In addition, in Unit 3, students are tasked with practically investigating and researching a real business of their choice and writing a report about their findings.

Exam Board - AQA

Coursework - 25%

Exams - 75%

key stage 5

business - a level

The A-Level Business course demonstrates the importance of business in the modern world by using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations.

The content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today's society, through key contemporary developments such as digital technology, business ethics and globalisation topics.

The following topics are included on the course:

  • Management; leadership; decision making
  • Business Ethics
  • Marketing
  • Operations (Production)
  • Financial Planning and Decision-Making
  • Human Resources (People)
  • Strategy, strategic planning and choices

The course challenges students to learn about different components of business and combine this knowledge to analyse and evaluate the strategic positons that businesses choose. The course is practical, engaging, relatable to the real-world, and supports students to apply for a range of university courses.

Exam Board - AQA

Coursework - 0%

Exam - 100%

IFS Financial studies

Certificate in Financial Studies (equivalent to AS-Level)

This unit, taught in year 12, teaches students about short, medium and long-term financial planning and how people of different ages and backgrounds can make informed, sustainable financial decisions. Examples of topics include: borrowing money; saving; financial services providers; debt.


Diploma in Financial Studies (equivalent to A-Level)

This unit, taught in year 13, teachers students about the sustainability of peoples’ financial planning and the sustainability of the financial services system and industry as a whole. Students take a wider lens on what is happening and what has happening in the world of finance and how the biggest service industry in the UK has a dramatic effect on the world around us. Examples of topics include: interest rates; inflation; the recession; natural disasters; insurance; ethics in the financial industry.

Exam Board - Institute of Financial Services (University College)

Coursework - 0%

Exam - 100%


The qualification gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the business sector that will prepare them for further study or training. This includes the opportunity for students to choose two units from a selection of options to supplement the mandatory units which reflect the key topics in business: marketing; business environments; international business; management; finance.

Exam Board - Edexcel

Coursework - 55%

Exam - 45%


The course is the equivalent to two GCSEs and involves students learning about different aspects of business in practical and examination based assessments. This course covers a wide variety of business areas such as: the business environment; business planning; marketing; finance; recruitment; retail businesses; sales and personal selling; project management; and the economic environment.

Exam Board - Edexcel

Coursework - 75%

Exam - 25%

extra curricular


Business and Economics curriculum area offers a flagship extra-curricular activity, the Young Enterprise programme. This programme provides students the opportunity to start, run, manage and lead their very own business enterprise in order to sell goods and generate a profit as well as gaining transferable skills about what is required to operate a real business.


Students launch and run their own company and compete against other schools at trade fair events. This year, the Uxbridge High School Young Enterprise team reached the furthest in the Young Enterprise competition that we have ever reached before. After being selected as one of the top two teams in the Hillingdon Area final, they were also awarded the ‘Most Innovative Product’ award.  The team then progressed to the West London Final to compete against the top teams from the other boroughs in West London. At this Final, UHS students went on to win the ‘Best Trade Stand’ award.