Business

GCSE BUSINESS STUDIESBusiness 1

Exam board: AQA
Specification code: 4133
Website: www.aqa.org.uk

Course overview
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 small business.

Assessment: Written assignment- 40 marks/ 25%.

 This is a linear course so all GCSE examinations and external assessments will occur during Year 11.

You can expect to:

    • Learn about real entrepreneurs and what it takes to succeed.
    • About the four key business functional areas including marketing, finance, operations and HR.
    • Learn about different stakeholders and their expectations.
    • Run a fictional mini business venture
    • Work in teams and present information on a wide range of business topics.     
    • Learn the tools needed to run a successful business venture.

Students’ views …

“I enjoyed participating in the Strings marketing challenge and designing our own advert.”

“At the beginning I found running my own football sports shop difficult. The internet game was addictive and made me put things I learnt in class into action.”


EDEXCEL ADVANCED LEVEL BUSINESS Business 2
Where does it lead?

Through the study of this subject students will gain an understanding of the world of business and develop the skills necessary for reading a variety of subjects at university. A large proportion of our students have gone on to study Business, Economics, Mathematics and Social Sciences as well as languages. Others have pursued a more vocational route and have undertaken apprenticeships at well-known engineering and financial institutions.

Course overview
Students will cover the following topics: 

Year 1: Advanced Level Business

Theme 1: Marketing and People

Theme 2: Managing business activities

Year 2: Advanced Level Business

Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategies

Theme 4: Global Business 

Through the use of corporate case studies, videos and ICT; students will gain a broad understanding of these key topics. In addition to gaining a range of transferable skills such as data analysis, building arguments, recognising and solving problems; students will learn to write detailed essay and carry out research.

You can expect to:

    • Learn about a wide range of private and public sector organisations, the markets they serve and how they add value.
    • Investigate businesses from the perspective of a range of different stakeholder group.
    • Undertake group work and independent study.
    • Develop numeracy, research and presentation skills.
    • Write extended responses and reports.
    • Learn about the current structure of business and business practice.
Students’ views …
“I enjoyed the course as topics were related to businesses I knew. I also found our business scrapbooks useful as I was able to keep all my business research in one place.”

“I initially found writing essays very difficult but once I learnt how to structure them I started to achieve really good grades.”

“Our trip to America was amazing!”

 

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