Business Studies

“There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.” – Seth Godin

Business Studies provides a foundation to all career paths. Someday it is inevitable that you will either be an employee or an employer. Studying Business enables you to see behind the organisation; whether it is a small business with one owner or a multi-national corporation.

Whilst studying business we will look at the power of marketing and how it has impacted on our society. Understanding the recruitment process will be looked at in depth and preparations for our own experiences. Being able to understand why firms make those decisions… Apple entering the TV market, Virgin selling its music stores, why Cadbury’s was taken over by Kraft!

The skills that are integrated within this GCSE include:
• Teamwork, which is essential when running a successful business,
• Problem Solving, this requires analytical skills which are important when understanding internal and external factors,
• Independence, challenges that have to be completed by being resourceful and resilient.

Sir Richard Branson: “My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself”

 

Year 9 (For 2015/16 only)

Students follow the Business GCSE course.  It is examined by Edexcel.  Students have 5 lessons per fortnight and they will receive one piece of homework per week.
Quarter 1 The big business challenge (Coca Cola)  / Starting a New Business
Quarter 2 The big business challenge (Coca Cola)  / Starting a New Business
Quarter 3 Applied Marketing / Showing Enterprise
Quarter 4 Putting an Idea into Practice

Year 10

Students follow the Business GCSE course.  It is examined by Edexcel.  Students have 5 lessons per fortnight and they will receive one piece of homework per week. In Year 10 you will study an Introduction to Small Business which will look at spotting a business opportunity, marketing and financing small enterprises. Also in Year 10 you will complete a controlled assignment which is investigating a small business where you will research and write up your findings on a real business.
Quarter 1 Spotting a Business Opportunity / Showing Enterprise
Quarter 2 Putting an Idea into Practice / Making a start-up effective
Quarter 3 Understanding the Business Context / The wider world effecting Business
Quarter 4 Controlled assessment / Full Unit 1 Mock exam

Year 11

Students follow the Business GCSE course.  It is examined by Edexcel.  Students have 5 lessons per fortnight and they will receive one piece of homework per week. In Year 11 you will study building a business which focuses on the different functions within larger businesses and their role in making a business success. This is an examined unit which is worth 50% of your GCSE.
Quarter 1 3.1 Marketing / 3.2 Meeting Customer Needs
Quarter 2 3.3 Effective Financial Management / 3.4 Effective People Management
Quarter 3 3.5 The Wider world affective Business / Exam Focus and Revision
Quarter 4 Public Examinations

Year 12

Students follow the BTEC Business course (Level 3).  It is examined by Edexcel and is coursework based with no external exams.  Students have 8 lessons per fortnight and they will receive one piece of homework per week.
Quarter 1 Unit 1  – The Business Environment
Quarter 2 Unit 1 – The Business Environment / Unit 2 – Business Resources
Quarter 3 Unit 2 – Business Resources
Quarter 4 Unit 3 – Introduction to Marketing

Year 13

Students follow the Applied A Level Business course.  It is examined by AQA.  Students have 8 lessons per fortnight and they will receive one piece of homework per week.
Quarter 1 Business Planning (Coursework)
Quarter 2 Marketing Strategy (Coursework)
Quarter 3 Financial Accounting for Managers (External Test)
Quarter 4 Examinations

 

 

GCSE Edexcel Exam Board 1503:
5BS01 – Introduction to Small Business Multiple choice = 40 marks45 Minutes

25% of GCSE

Examined in Year 11 Summer exam series
5BS02 – Investigating Small Business Controlled Assignment = 40 Marks6 Hours Research, 3 hours write up

25% of GCSE

Researched and written in the summer term of Year 10
5BS03 – Building a Business Written Exam (Data Response)1 Hour 30 Minutes

50% of GCSE

Examined in the Year 11 Summer exam series