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GCSE Business Studies

A GCSE course in Business Studies is ideal for students who:

  • Are genuinely interested in matters of business and economics
  • Enjoy communicating and explaining ideas
  • Thinking creatively and making decisions
  • Working with numbers to solve business problems
  • Learning about the world of business through real and relevant local and international brands.
Content:

Students explore the world of small businesses through the lens of an entrepreneur. How and why do business ideas come about? What makes a successful business? Students learn how to develop an idea, spot an opportunity and turn it into a successful business. Students understand how to make a business effective, manage money and see how the world around us affects small businesses and all the people involved.

Students investigate business growth. How does a business develop beyond the start-up phase? They learn about key business concepts and issues and decisions needed to make when growing a business and working in a global business. Students learn about meeting customer needs, making marketing, operational, financial and human resourcing decisions and explore how the wider world impacts the business as it grows.

Assessment:

All assessment is by end of course examinations. There is no coursework.

Paper 1 -Theme 1 – Investigating Small Business 90 minutes: 90 marks 

  • Section A: mixture of multiple choice questions and short answer questions
  • Section B: short answer and extended-writing questions based on a business context 
  • Section C: short answer and extended-writing questions based on a business context 

Paper 2 - Theme 2 – Building A Business 90 minutes: 90 marks

  • Section A: mixture of multiple choice questions and short answer questions
  • Section B: short answer and extended-writing questions based on a business context 
  • Section C: short answer and extended-writing questions based on a business context

This course enables students to understand the world of business and develop skills such as:

  • Making decisions and developing persuasive arguments
  • Creative and practical problem solving
  • Understanding data, finance and communication.
Further Education and Career Opportunities:

Students may go on to study A levels and Level 3 BTEC courses. A GCSE Business course provides students with an understanding of what is involved in a business related profession, such as accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry.

Examining Board:

Edexcel

Contact:

Mr Walsh