Business Studies at GCSE

GCSE Business Studies is a dynamic, interesting and challenging course.  It is completely relevant to the world in which we live today, providing students with realistic learning experiences which they will carry on into life. They learn how to use relevant terms, concepts and methods effectively to describe business and economic behaviour.  Within the Business Studies department we want our students to develop as independent learners and encourage them to use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts from opinions, develop arguments and make informed judgements
GCSE Business Studies also makes a positive contribution to developing young people as individuals and participants in society, the economy and the environment.  During the course pupils will also have the opportunity to visit local businesses and observe entrepreneurship in practice. The subject gives the pupils the opportunity to develop their ICT skills in a business context.

Course Content

Year 11 – Unit One Business Start Up

  • Business Start Ups
  • Production
  • Marketing

Year 12 – Unit Two Business Development

  • Finance
  • Managing People
  • Business Growth
  • Business Plan

Course Design and Assessment

UnitAssessment FormatDuration% Assessment WeightingAvailability
Unit 1
Business Start Up
Students must answer several compulsory, structured questions1 hour 20 minutesWorth 35% of the final GCSE gradeSummer of Years 12
Unit 2
Business Development
Students must answer several compulsory, structured questions1 hour 40 minutesWorth 40% of the final GCSE gradeSummer of Year 12
Controlled AssessmentTeacher supported and assessed12hrs Research
3hr Report writing
Worth 25% of the final GCSE gradeCompleted in Oct/Nov of Year 12

In addition to studying from the text book, pupils will be expected to draw on their own experiences of business situations, do some research into local businesses, find out business information from friends and family, keep aware of current business activity in the wider world through watching the news/business programmes on television, reading appropriate articles in the newspapers and researching the internet. Throughout the two year course pupils will have the opportunity of visiting various business organisations such as Tayto, Coca-Cola, McAuley Engineering and Tesco’s etc to see the theory they are studying in class put into action.

What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

GCSE Business Studies prepares you for AS/A2 Levels as well as BTEC and NVQ courses in many different subjects.  You will become skilled in making decisions, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of a team.  Even if you do not want to go on to study business further you will have benefited from studying a GCSE Business course because many jobs you do will involve managing resources and people.  However, a GCSE Business course could lead to work in a business-related profession such as accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry.