BUSINESS STUDIES 

 

GCSE Business Studies

Course title:                             GCSE Business Studies

Examination board:                 Edexcel

 

Course Details

This qualification introduces students to both the practical and theoretical side of starting up and running a business. They will also learn how businesses manage both their finances and the people who work for them. The course is designed to enable candidates to progress to further education, employment or training.

GCSE Business Studies enable students to:

actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring mind.

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 and economic activities

consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable

How will I be taught?

Teaching styles vary depending on the topic but will involve discussions, presentations, investigations and interpreting data. Real life case studies will be used wherever possible to make it easier for students to relate to and apply their knowledge and skills developed throughout the course.

What topics will I study?

Theme 1: Investigating small business


Written examination:
1 hour and 30 minutes

50% of the qualification/90 marks


Content overview

● Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

● Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

● Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice

● Topic 1.4 Making the business effective

● Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business


Assessment overview

The paper is divided into three sections:

Section A: 35 marks

Section B: 30 marks

Section C: 25 marks.

The paper will consist of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing

questions.  Questions in Sections B and C will be based on business contexts given in the paper.

Theme 2: Building a business

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

50% of the qualification/90 marks 

Content overview

● Topic 2.1 Growing the business

● Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions

● Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions

● Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions

● Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions


Assessment overview

The paper is divided into three sections:

Section A: 35 marks

Section B: 30 marks

Section C: 25 marks.

The paper will consist of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions.  Questions in Sections B and C will be based on business contexts given in the paper.

 

What next?

Students usually go on to study A-Levels if they have completed the course with a grade C. Business students also develop the key skills that employers are looking for and these can lead to a very wide range of employment.

 

Business   A-Level

Exam Board:  EDEXCEL

Course Entry Requirements: English and Maths GCSE Grade B

What is the course about?

Business Studies is an exciting multidisciplinary subject focusing on institutions and problems of the business world. The course is designed for students who have aspirations for a career in Accountancy, Marketing, Human Resources or Management. A Level Business Studies provides students with an excellent background of knowledge suitable for either Higher Education or employment.  The subject 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.

What topics will I study?

In Theme 1 and Theme 2 you will learn about how businesses work. You will be introduced to marketing and people functions before investigating entrepreneurs and business start-ups. You will also explore how business finance and operations work, and understand the impact of external influences.

Theme 3 and Theme 4 move from functions to strategy. You will explore influences on business strategy and decision-making, and understand how businesses mitigate risk and uncertainty. You will also explore global business and the opportunities and issues facing businesses in today’s global world.

How is the course taught?

Teaching styles vary depending on the topic but will involve discussions, presentations, investigations and interpreting data. Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions; skills that are needed for further study and employment. Real life case studies will be used wherever possible to make it easier for students to relate to and apply their knowledge and skills developed throughout the course.

How is the course assessed?

The course is taught using a variety of assessment techniques including multiple choice, short answer, data response, essay and case studies so that students feel more confident and engage with exam questions.

 

What next?

Students with A-Levels in Business have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. You learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course; skills that are in great demand and are recognised by employers and universities, colleges and employers as being of great value.

A-Levels in Business combine well with almost all other AS and A-Level subjects for a range of university courses. These include Maths, Sociology, English, Psychology, Law, Government and Politics. Many students choose to use their qualification to go straight into employment, rather than go on to higher education. This can include further training in such areas as Accounting, Marketing, Personnel and Retailing.

 

  

 

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