Business Studies

I enjoy that Business Studies is practical and we are often required to go out into the real world of work

Sixth Form Pupil

GCSE (Edexcel)- Business Studies and Economics 

Why should students study this course?

●  To encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. It should prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.
●  To actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
●  To use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements.
●  To develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.
●  To appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities.
●  To consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.


The following are skills within business contexts you would be expected to develop during the course:

●  practical skills – time management, personal organisation and action planning
●  presentational skills – addressing audiences using a variety of media and forms
●  personal skills – showing evidence of progression
●  interpersonal skills – communication and group work
●  cognitive skills – reflection and review of own and others’ performances.

What does the course consist of? 

Unit 1 Introduction to Small Business

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 Business

In this unit students will use the content of unit 1 to research, analyse and evaluate a selected task on enterprise issues. Students select one Edexcel set task from a choice of five.

Unit 5 Introduction to economic understanding

This unit introduces students to the principles of economic understanding to provide a broad national and international perspective of the subject area.

How will students be assessed?

Unit 1: Written examination (45 minutes) (25% of the total GCSE)

Unit 2: Internally assessed under controlled conditions (3 hours write up) (25% of the total GCSE)

Unit 5: Written examination (1 hour 30 minutes) (50% of the total GCSE)

AS/A2 (AQA) Applied Business Double award

What will the course involve?
As the ‘Applied’ title suggests we try to give you a greater involvement with businesses, so more trips to businesses, more research of real businesses and a greater development of the personal skills you will need to do well in a business.  The Applied course is worth 2 A Levels, so you spend double the amount of time studying it than on a single A Level subject. The course involves 50% coursework and 50% exams, so is perfect if your strengths lie in producing coursework.

This course enables candidates to develop both a broad understanding of Applied Business principles and gives them the opportunity to focus on a specific pathway, eg Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Administration. In addition, the qualification covers a mixture of teaching and learning experiences from the theoretical through to those with a clear practical emphasis.

AS Coursework units:

UNIT 1- Investigating business

UNIT 2- People in business

UNIT 7- Career planning

AS exams units:

UNIT 3- Financial planning and monitoring

UNIT 4- Meeting customer needs

UNIT 5- Business communication and information systems

A2 Coursework units:

UNIT 8- Business planning

UNIT 10– Promotional activities

UNIT 14- Managing change

A2 exam units:

UNIT 11- Marketing environment

UNIT 12- Managing people

UNIT 15- Financial accounting for managers





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