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Business Studies (GCSE)

Aims of the Course 

  • Know and understand business concepts, business terminology, business objectives and the impact of business on individuals and wider society
  • Apply knowledge and understanding to contemporary business issues and to different types and sizes of businesses in local, national and global contexts
  • Develop as enterprising individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively and draw on evidence to make informed business decisions and solve business problems
  • Use an enquiring, critical approach to make informed judgements
  • Investigate and analyse real business opportunities and issues to construct well-argued, well evidenced, balanced and structured arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of business
  • Develop and apply quantitative skills relevant to business, including using and interpreting data

Examination Board:  EDEXCEL GCSE in Business Studies (1BS0)


Year 10 - Theme 1: Investigating Small Business  

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

Year 11 - Theme 2: Building a Business  

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


Theme Year Title Assessment Weighting
1 11 Investigating Small Business Exam (1hr 30mins) 50%
2 11 Building a Business Exam (1hr 30mins) 50%