Head of Department: Mr C Upton, BA (Hons) (Durham), PGCE (Sunderland)
GCSE SPECIFICATION: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in Business (1BS0)
The Business Studies department aims to provide students with a preliminary insight into the business world and stimulate interest in how businesses work, at the individual, national and global level. GCSE Business Studies gives students the opportunities to develop a number of key skills, such as;
- Enabling them to critically analyse the aims, objectives and practices of business organisations from their economic, environmental and social perspectives.
- Providing them with an understanding of the methods and language used for decision making in business organisations.
- Giving opportunities to examine the implications of complex and changing situations in business.
- Enabling them to understand and interpret information in verbal, numerical and graphical format, and present their findings through written communication and with the use of ICT.
- Encouraging them to develop personal qualities such as initiative, self-confidence and independence.
- Developing their ability to use language, number and ICT to assist them in communicating business ideas.
- Encouraging them to develop their people, communication, planning and team-working skills.
- Encouraging personal development of knowledge and skills relevant to the business world through practical participation in a range of business activities.
- Giving them the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.
Students are expected to have an interest in current affairs and be willing and able to work independently. The intention of the course is to assist students to become confident and capable users of business terminology and to encourage them to become autonomous learners.
The GCSE in Business Studies is comprised of two themes.
Theme 1 – Investigating small business
Theme 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business. Students will be introduced to a range of local and national business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions.
Theme 2 – Building a business
Theme 2 examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. Theme 2 also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows, with a greater focus on national and global contexts.
The outline of this programme is a two year linear assessment. At the end of the course, students will sit two written examinations focused on the respective course themes.
Theme 1- Investigating small business – 50%
Theme 2 – Building a business – 50%
Both examination papers are 1 hour 30 minutes and follow a similar format, consisting of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended writing questions. Questions will be based on business contexts.
Higher Education and Career Prospects
Entries for Business Studies at university are growing extremely rapidly, this reflects its positive relevance to almost any career. Many students choose to carry on to study Business Studies at A Level and it links closely with many other subjects including Economics, Media Studies, and Politics. Business Studies GCSE will particularly support higher education in starting your own business, Business Studies, Accountancy, Marketing, Sales, Finance, Commerce, Personnel Management, Banking, Actuarial Science, Business Management, Human Resource Management, Business Development, Business Strategy, Business with ICT and Economics.