The Introduction to Business AS unit considers the way in which businesses operate and the effect of the external business environment.


Pupils learn about how the business environment provides opportunities and imposes constraints on the pursuit of short-term and long-term objectives. The unit is set within the context of local, national and international constraints on business structure, objectives and environment.

The Business Function AS unit emphasises the integrative nature of the subject. Marketing, Accounting and Finance, People in organisations and Operations management are studied in detail. Pupils develop an understanding that for a business to be a success in a dynamic and challenging environment, decisions have to be taken in the context of both the organisation’s wider objectives and its resources.

In the Upper Sixth, two A2 modular units are studied during the academic year.
The Marketing and Strategic Management units require an investigative approach towards Business Studies and are examined by questions from case-study stimulus material. Pupils develop a variety of skills, such as the ability to calculate, analyse, evaluate and interpret business data so that they can deal with the problem-solving nature of the course.

Department Staff

Jeremy Robinson is an experienced Head of Department having taught at independent boarding schools in Bristol; at Canford School in Dorset and The King’s School, Parramatta, Sydney, Australia, before being appointed to Glenalmond.

Peter Golden moved from Felsted School, Essex when appointed to be the Housemaster of Goodacre’s. A textbook author and I.B. Assessor, Peter provides a wealth of Business Studies and Economics teaching experience within the Department.