Business Studies (GCSE) -

BUSINESS STUDIES (GCSE)

Examination Board

tba

First teaching Sept 17

Overview of the course

In the course you are going to learn about simple business facts and how to apply ideas to business problems.  In a GCSE Business course you will need to learn the description of business terms and be able to apply your business knowledge and analyse and draw judgements about some business situations.

Business Studies is not just one subject.  It encompasses a wide variety of topics, all in the form of modules, ranging from marketing to finance. This means that before you have a chance to get bored with one module, you move on to a completely different topic, giving you renewed energy and enthusiasm to start work again.

This course will enable you to understand:

·         the importance in a business of setting objectives;

·         how businesses make their decisions;

·         how businesses are organised;

·         how business behaviour can be influenced by a range of people and organisations including customers, managers, creditors, owners/shareholders and employees;

·         what outside factors influence the operations of a business such as the state of the economy, and the environment;

·         how a business markets its products or services;

·         how businesses price their products

·         what production is all about;

·         how businesses recruit and select the right people for work

Course content and assessment

Unit title and description

Assessment and duration

Weighting

Areas of core study for all specifications:

Business activity

Influences on business

Business operations

Finance

Marketing

Human Resources

Paper 1: 90 minutes

Multiple choice questions, short answer questions, extended-writing questions based on a business context

50%

 

Paper 2: 90 minutes

Multiple choice questions, short answer questions, extended-writing questions based on a business context

50%

Results will be graded on a nine point scale: 1 to 9 - where 9 is the best grade.

Post-16 Courses available to you:

Students with Business Studies GCSE have the option to progress their learning of the subject in the sixth form via A Level or BTEC Level 3 Business (both offered at Sandon).  Alternatively GCSE business can be used towards their entry to other subjects.  However, when you decide to enter employment the subject will also help you as you learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course.  These include the important business skills of decision making and planning, working in teams and communication skills.