Business Studies gives our students the opportunity to study what is meant by an entrepreneur and to understand the concept of ‘enterprise’. They therefore begin to appreciate some of the risks and rewards associated with running businesses. Students apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. Knowledge and understanding is applied to different decision-making scenarios and the interdependent nature of business and the influences on business are discussed. Business operations, finance, marketing and human resources are covered within this subject.
Business Studies is taught in the suite of Humanities classrooms. The classroom is equipped with Internet access and an interactive whiteboard. In the classroom, use is made of up-to-date textbooks, worksheets developed in school and videos. This subject also makes good use of the ICT room, the humanities laptop trolley, the school library, and local business when possible, through our Educational Trust partners.
How learning is organised
There are currently three mixed ability classes in Year 10 and three in Year 11. In Business Studies, students enjoy communicating and explaining their ideas, thinking creatively and making decisions and working with numbers to solve business problems. Students learn about the world of business through research and practical tasks.
Year 10 and 11
Students in Year 10 follow a Business Studies GCSE course with six main topics: Business in the Real World, Influences in Business, Business Operations, Human Resources, Marketing and Finance.
There are two equally-weighted exams at the end of the two year course. Paper 1 looks at the influences of operations and human resource management on business activity. Paper 2 looks at the influences of marketing and finance on business activity. Both exams last 1 hour 45 minutes and follow the same structure. Section A contains multiple choice and short answer questions with Section B and C looking at case studies and business data. Students are expected to write longer answers justifying their response to a problems experienced by the business in question.
Students in Year 11 follow a Business Studies GCSE course with three main units:
- Unit One: Setting up a Business
- Unit Two: Growing as a Business
- Unit Three: Investigating Businesses (Controlled Assessment)
All units are compulsory across the two year course. Topics include Starting a Business, Business Organisation, People in Business, Finance, Marketing and Operations Management.
Unit One comprises of 60 marks or 40% of the GCSE. This unit is an introduction to setting up and running a business, and looks at the factors that might help the business to succeed, or cause it to fail. It also demonstrates that businesses operate within societies and communities, and that they must consider stakeholder views when operating. Unit Two comprises of 60 marks or 35% of the GCSE. The focus in Year 11 is on business growth and therefore larger businesses. The final 25% or 40 marks are achieved through the completion of Unit 3, the controlled assessment task.
Current syllabus: Year 10 AQA GCSE Business (8132)
Year 11 AQA GCSE Business Subjects and Economics (4130)
Why take Business Studies?
If you enjoy:
- communicating and explaining your ideas
- thinking creatively and making decisions
- working with numbers to solve business problems
- learning about the world of business through research as well as through practical tasks.
Then GCSE Business is for you!
What does Business Studies GCSE lead to?
- Fancy yourself at the head of a successful business? Got some great ideas for new products or services? Or maybe you want to work for a large company by working in marketing or management.
- All the key topics for starting and running a business are covered and armed with this knowledge, maybe you could be giving Richard Branson a run for his money in a few years time!
- Not everyone wants to run a global corporation. A lot of people prefer small businesses offering individual service or set up their own business, working for themselves.
- Either way, you still need to know about business e.g. how to get your products to market, how to price them, how to promote them and how to get paid!
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