Exam Board: Edexcel CODE: 1BS0
Have you got some great ideas for new products or services? Or maybe you want to work for a large company in marketing or management?
GCSE Business Studies – Edexcel Single Award
The Business Industry is fast paced and ever changing. GCSE Business will give you a taste of what it might be like in industry and develop the necessary skills. Business Studies combines academic study with an understanding of the real commercial world. This course will enable you to see business from the point of view of the owners, managers, customers and employees. You will learn about the problems and decisions facing small and large businesses and identify what makes businesses a success or failure. You will understand how business people meet the challenges of the environment and identify what makes a successful entrepreneur.
Students will complete two external exams for their final grade. There is no controlled assessment. Excellent written English skills are vital to success in this course. Students are required to have excellent literacy skills due to the high examined content of this course, and that both exams include long essay answers.
What will I study and how will I be assessed?
The subject content for GCSE Business Studies is set out to try to match how the real business world operates. It will cover two core areas of theory:
Through these two units of theory students will learn about different types of Business Organisation, Marketing, Business Finance, People in Business, Operations Management and Customer Service.
Both examinations will take place at the end of Year 11. Both exams are allocated one and a half hours per paper.
In Year 10, GCSE students work on the theory for the first exam. Students will be given clear advice on how to approach exam questions and will sit a mock exam at the end of Year 10.
In Year 11, students will work on the theory for the second exam. They will sit mock exams in the winter and the spring of Year 11 to prepare them for their final exams.
Students are graded 9 -1 on successful completion of the course.
Key speakers may be invited to speak to students about their experiences and opportunities available. For more information about the course, please contact Mr Mawers.
Course Entry Requirements
Students must have completed the Year 9 Business Studies course to be eligible for this qualification.
Due to the high examined content of this course, students must have achieved highly in their Year 9 Business Studies module exams. They should have also completed all homework tasks in the Year 9 Business module.
Mr Mawers – Subject Leader for Business Studies