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Business Studies

Mission statement

To help develop curious and entrepreneurial minds.  This will help students to be more rounded, challenged, mature and ready for the world of work.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Business (9-1)

Exam Board: Edexcel (1BSO)

Assessment Methods 

Is this the right subject for me?

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 real and relevant local and international brands.

What will I learn?

You’ll start by exploring the world of a small business through the lens of an entrepreneur:

  • How and why do business ideas come about?
  • What makes a business successful?

You’ll learn how to develop an idea, spot an opportunity and turn it into a successful business. You will understand how to make a business effective, manage money and see how the world around us affects small businesses and all the people involved. Then you’ll move on to investigating business growth. You’ll learn about meeting customer needs, making marketing, operational, financial and human resourcing decision and you’ll explore how the wider world impacts the business as it grows.

Topics studied in Year 10: Enterprise and entrepreneurship, spotting a business opportunity, putting a business idea into practice, making the business effective, and understanding external influences on business

Topics studied in Year 11: Growing the business, making marketing decisions, making operational decisions, making financial decisions, making human resources decisions.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification will be assessed in two equally weighted exam papers. There is no coursework.

  • Paper 1: Theme 1-Investigating small business
  • 90 minutes, 90 marks and 50% of the total GCSE
  • Paper 2: Theme 2-Building a business
  • 90 minutes, 90 marks and 50% of the total GCSE

Business has given me a greater understanding of the world around me.  I am looking forward to being my own boss in the future with the skills I learn in class!

- Joseph, Year 10