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Business

 

GCSE Business (from September 2019)

The subject content has been organised into themes according to business contexts to ensure a holistic approach is adopted throughout the course of study. This develops you’ understanding of the interdependent nature of business activity, business operations, finance, marketing and human resources as well as external influences within a business context. It also supports you in applying their knowledge and understanding of how these interdependencies underpin business decision making.

Both themes in the subject content represent this holistic approach through the application to different business contexts. This approach allows you to draw on knowledge and understanding from across their course of study as appropriate in any question on either paper. It also provides the basis for contextualised responses which is a key business skill.

Course Content

The specification for GCSE Business is split into two themes. The first theme, ‘Investigating a small business’ is covered in Year 10 and in Year 11, you will explore the second theme, ‘Building a Business.’

Investigating a small business

Building a Business

·         Enterprise and entrepreneurship

·         Spotting a business opportunity

·         Putting a business idea into practice

·         Making the business effective

·         Understanding external influences on business

·         Growing the business

·         Making marketing decisions

·         Making operational decisions

·         Making financial decisions

·         Making human resource decisions


Assessment

This is a 100% exam based subject where you will be assessed by multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. You will also be expected to do some calculations.  To obtain your GCSE qualification in this subject, you will sit two papers at the end of your two years studying Business.

Paper 1 (examines Theme 1)

  • Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 90 marks
  • 50% of the qualification

Paper 2: (examines Theme 2)

  • Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 90 marks
  • 50% of the qualification
Career points

Business is a versatile subject that can help you in a number many careers as today’s society requires an understanding of the principles of business.  This course and subsequent study could lead to a vast array of career choice, including business management, marketing, advertising, media, financial management, accounting, business law, human resource management, banking, retailing in the public or private sector.

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