GCSE Business Studies

Course Overview

Unit 1 – Setting up a Business introduces candidates to issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business. It explores the activities of businesses 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.

Unit 2 – Growing as a Business builds upon the content of Unit 1, allowing candidates to study businesses as they grow and the issues that expansion raises.

Unit 3 – Investigating Businesses gives candidates the opportunity to investigate a small, local business and produce a report about their findings.

Exams and Coursework

The course consists of two externally examined units and a controlled assessment. The two externally examined units account for 75% of the overall grade and the controlled assessment accounts for 25% of the overall grade. The units are:

Unit 1 – Setting up a Business (1 hour exam)

Unit 2 – Growing as a Business (1 hour exam)

Unit 3 – Investigating Businesses (controlled assessment)

Potential Pathways (Post-16)

Students that complete the GCSE Business Studies course can study A Level Business Studies.

Potential Career Routes

Students that study GCSE Business Studies and continue to study it at A Level gain employment in accountancy, marketing, human resource management, project management, operations management and customer service. Some students also set up their own business or gain employment as teachers or lecturers of Business Studies or business related subjects.

Contact Mrs Campbell: [email protected]