Key subject aims
The GCSE qualification in business studies should encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. The GCSE should prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.
GCSE qualifications in business students enables students to:
actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
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
Examination Board: Edexcel
This specification enables candidates from a wide ability range to demonstrate achievement. There is one tier of entry covering all ability range grades from A* -
The subject is divided into 3 units of study and details are listed below:
Unit 1 – Introduction to Small Business
The unit contains five topics:
Spotting a business opportunity
Putting business ideas into practice
Making the start up effective
Understanding the economic context
Unit 2 – Investigating Small Business
Same content as Unit 1.
Unit 3 – Building a Business
The unit contain 4 topics:
Meeting customer needs
Effective financial management
The wider world effecting business
Unit 1 – Introduction to Small Business – 25% of the total GCSE marks – External examination: 45 minutes. Multiply choice paper.
Unit 2 – Investigating Small Business – 25% of the total GCSE marks –
This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions. Students complete one task set by Edexcel.
Unit 3 – Building a Business – 50% of the total marks. External examination: 1 hour 30 minutes. Questions will comprise of a combination of multiple choice, short and extended answers, data response and scenario based questions
Year 11 – A provisional timetable of examination dates are shown below for your information:
January 2013 -
Controlled Assessment completed during the Autumn term in Year 11 and submitted June 2013.
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Social, Moral cultural and Spiritual Education
Social – Students will work in groups to consider and solve problems relating to the world of business. Students will also consider the social costs as businesses develop and expand.
Moral – Students will consider ethics in business. For example the use of cheap labour and child labour in the developing world. Students will also consider equal opportunity policies in the work place.
Spiritual – Students will be provided with the opportunity to peer assess and reflect on their work and progress. Students will be in awe of the size of the global market and the UK economy.
Cultural – Students will consider globalisation and different cultures around the world. Students may consider Chinese, Indian and a variety of European cultures in the world economy