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Business Studies

Key Stage 4

This provides students with an understanding of the commercial world. It explores the theories and concepts in business and encourages students to consider the practical application of business and economics. It also provides progression for students wishing to continue their studies to A-level Business Studies and A-level Economics.

EDEXCEL GCSE (9-1)

The Pearson Edexcel in Business consists of two externally-examined papers.

Theme 1: Investigating a small business

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Content overview:

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the business effective
  • Understanding external influences on business

Theme 2: Building a business

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Content overview

  • Growing the business
  • Making marketing decisions
  • Making operational decisions
  • Making financial decisions
  • Making human resource decisions

BTEC Level 2 in Business Studies

With this qualification in Business Studies you gain practical skills that will help you straight away within the workplace, or will help you with further education. The skills you learn in the course are relevant to a wide-range of different work environments. Students who excel in the subject will understand what businesses expect from employees which will help you stand out in the competitive business environment.

Unit Overview

The course is assessed through four units consisting of 25% on-screen examination and 75% coursework. Each unit is graded as being a Pass, Merit or Distinction and the final grade is calculated based on the level of work the student has produced throughout the course.

Unit 1— Enterprise in the Business World
Students will be introduced to the world of business and the terms used by businesses which will help the to gain an understanding of the nature of business ownership and what local entrepreneurs need to do when planning to open a new business. This unit is assessed through written work marked by your teachers and is worth 25% of your overall grade.

Unit 2— Finance for Business
Students will understand the costs, revenue and profit for a business organisation and learn about cash flow, forecasting and break-even analysis. This is an examination unit which involves a 1 hour exam taken on the computer and is taken when each student is ready throughout the year.

Unit 7— Providing Business Support
Students will learn about how to organise and support business functions such as organising and running meetings and using office equipment Students will also be required to give practical demonstrations of their business support skills through the planning of a trip. This unit is assessed through written work marked by your teachers and is worth 25% of your overall grade.

Unit 8— Recruitment, selection and employment
Students will learn about businesses are structured, how and why job roles are created and used in business and they will be able to plan their own career development. Students will be required to take part in an interview and prepare a Curriculum Vitae as part of this unit.This unit is assessed through written work marked by your teachers and is worth 25% of your overall grade.

Key Stage 5

With a qualification in Business Studies you learn a wide variety of essential skills that give you the opportunity to go on and study further education in Business Studies or a related subject, or even go straight into the workplace. The skills taught in the course are relevant to a wide-range of different employment opportunities. Students who excel in the subject will learn what businesses expect from employees which will help you stand out in the competitive business environment.

GCE in Business Studies

Unit Overview

GCE Business Studies teaches ten separate units over a course of two years. These topics cover the key areas of business, such as; employees, organisations, finance, marketing and operations management. All units are exam based.

You will have three Business Studies lessons a week, in these lessons you will get to participate in discussions, presentations, group work, and academic trips.

Students must complete both years of the course in order to gain a full A Level.  After the first year students will be entered into an AS Level exam which will determine whether you are capable of progressing onto Year 13 to complete the full A Level.

The course covers a number of topics over the two years:

What is business?

Managers, leadership and decision making

Decision making to improve marketing performance

Decision making to improve operational performance

Decision making to improve financial performance

Decision making to improve human resource performance

Analysing the strategic position of a business (A-level only)

Choosing strategic direction (A-level only)

Strategic methods: How to pursue strategies (A-level only)

Managing strategic change (A-level only)

Assessment is wholly through examination:

At the end of Year 13 you will be entered into the A Level examinations.  This is three examinations covering areas 1-10 above.

All exams are equal weighting (33.3%) and last 2 hours each.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business

In your first year of study you will be assessed for units 1 & 8 via a series of activities including reports, presentations, recruitment documentation and participating in the interview process. Unit 2 is assessed via an externally set task where learners are given the opportunity to prepare their research before sitting their controlled assessment to prepare a marketing plan based around the case study.  Learners will be given two weeks before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research. The supervised assessment period is a three hour session arranged on dates set by the examination board.

In your second year of study you will be assessed for unit 3, the finance unit, via a two hour examination in January by a traditional written paper on Personal and Business Finance. Between January and May you will re-cover topics from units 2/3 in preparation to resit the examinations if required.

  • Unit 1 Exploring business
  • Unit 2 Developing a marketing campaign
  • Unit 3 Personal and business finance
  • Unit 8 Recruitment and selections

Martin Root
Head of Faculty Business and Computing