Business Studies

A qualification in Business is useful to those who wish to pursue careers in marketing, PR, finance or HR in the future.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Business Studies is an optional subject in which students have the opportunity to gain real, practical experiences by setting up of their own enterprise in Year 10. This allows learners to experience what it is like to be an entrepreneur and both the risks and rewards which accompany this.

Currently our Year 11 students complete two exams and a controlled assessment during their studies on the following topics:

  • Setting up a business
  • Growing a business
  • Investigating business

In Year 10 our students complete two exams on the following topics:

  • Investigating a small business
  • Building a business

Throughout both year 10 and 11 GCSE Business studies students will be encouraged to develop their independent learning skills, build arguments based on facts and research, evaluate evidence and appreciate the varying perspectives of different stakeholders in the world of business.

Business Studies Curriculum Overview 2017 -2018

Year 10 Edexcel Business (9-1)

Autumn Term

Unit 1 - Investigating a small business

1.1 Enterprise
What is Entrepreneurship?

1.2 Spotting a business Opportunity
- where do business ideas come from
Market research

1.3 Putting a business idea into practice.
Business costs and revenues

Spring Term

Business Finance

1.4 - Making the business Effective
Business location
Marketing mix
Business planning

Summer Term

1.5 Understanding external influences
Business stakeholders
Technology & Business
Legislation & business
The UK Economy

Year 11 Edexcel Business (A* - G)

Autumn Term

Unit 3 Building a Business

3.1 – Marketing Market research
Branding & Differentiation
Marketing mix

3.2 – Meeting Customer needs
Operations management

Unit 2 – Investigating a small Business
Preparation of research for controlled assessment

Spring Term

Unit 2 – Investigating a small business
Write up of Controlled assessment Unit 3 Building a Business

3.4 - Effective people management
Organisational structures

Summer Term

3.5 – The wider world affecting Business
Business Ethics
Economic issues
Impact of government on EU and Business
Preparation for exam