Business Studies

Examining Board: Edexcel

Aim of Course:

In Business Studies, we aim to develop a greater understanding and interest in how businesses and the economy work so that students are equipped for the complex, technical, business orientated world they will enter as young adults. Students will find out what is involved in running their own businesses and learn what it would take to be a successful entrepreneur. Students will also be a better informed consumer, and will know where is go if they are dissatisfied by the goods and services they purchased. In essence, we will help students become active, global citizens.


Year 9:

  • Introduction to Business and Marketing:
    Students take on various research activities about Entrepreneurs and the reasons behind their success.Students are expected to analyse and evaluate the success behind businesses and present the information to the whole class. It is here they have the opportunity to write their own business book on one are of enterprise aswell as take part in writing their own Business plan.
  • Human Resources:
    The focus here is analysing the different recruitment processes used by Businesses. It is here that students have the opportunity to work with firms such as Barclays who work with students on their employability skills and how to prepare and undertake interviews.
  • Finance:
    The focus here is on sources of finance available to business and the importance of record keeping in relation to sales and expenses. It is here that students can strengthen their numeracy skills further by applying the skills learnt in Maths to real life scenarios.

Year 10:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Small Businesses.
    This unit concentrates on the key issues and skills involved in enterprise. It provides a framework to consider the marketing, financial, human and operational issues involved in starting and running a small business.
  • Unit 2: Investigating Small Businesses.
    This unit is a controlled assessment task (coursework) in which students select one enterprise task from a choice of five and research, analyse and evaluate the issues raised and present their findings in the form of a short report.

Year 11:

  • Unit 3: Building a Business.
    This unit builds on units 1 and 2 and examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on practical methods used to build up a business, with an emphasis on aspects of marketing, customer service, financial and people management. It also considers the impact of the wider world on the success or failure of a business.

Career Prospects/future use

This course can help you prepare for further and higher education such as AS/A2 Levels as well as BTEC. You will becomes skilled in decision making, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of a team. A GCSE Business qualification could lead to work in any business-related profession such as accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry.

Method of Assessment:

Unit 1 & 3 Examination:

Weighting 75% - One untiered written paper. This examination will be taken at the end of Year 11 with no chance to repeat and improve the grade.

Unit 2 Controlled Assessment:

Weighting 25% - One controlled assessment task (set by the Board and drawn from the work studied in Unit 1) in which students will be given a maximum of 6 hours to research and a maximum of 3 hours to write up, under supervision at school in an IT room.

Career Prospects/future use