GCSE Business Studies
Board AQA Specification number - 4133
AS Business Studies
Board AQA Specification number- 1131
Students will have the opportunity to study GCSE Business in Years 9 and 10 followed by the AS Level qualification in Year 11.
Unit 1: Setting up a business
This unit introduces the issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business. It explores the activities of business and the reasons for success or failure. It encourages candidates to appreciate that businesses must operate within society, and that this involves businesses engaging with a wide range of stakeholders who will hold differing perspectives.
Assessment: 1 hour exam- 60 mark/ 40%.
Unit 2: Growing as a business
This unit builds upon the knowledge gained in unit one. The focus here turns to the growth and expansion of a business.
Assessment: 1 hour exam- 60 mark/ 35%.
Unit 3: Controlled Assessment: Investigating Businesses
Based on a pre-released case study students will be required to investigate a given business.
Assessment: Written assignment- 40 marks/ 25%.
Unit 1: Planning and financing a business
This builds directly upon the skills gained at GCSE, focusing specifically on the role of entrepreneurs and how businesses are financed.
Assessment: 1 hr 15 min exam - 60 mark/ 40%.
Unit 2: Managing a business
The focus then moves to the different functional areas of a business, and how they enable a business to operate successfully. We will look at areas such as marketing, operations, HR and finance.
Assessment: 1 hr 30 min exam- 80 mark/ 60%.
Upon successful completion of the AS qualification at the end of year 11, students may begin study towards the A2 Business in year 12 or delay this until year 13.