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GCSE Business

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 W Taylor & S Walsh