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GCSE Business

Gain fascinating insights into the world of business at an individual, national and global level. 

GCSE Business at St Edmund’s is an opportunity to build a breadth of key skills, such as:

  • Critically analysing business aims, objectives and practices from economic, environmental and social perspectives.
  • Developing your understanding of the methods and language used for decision-making in business.
  • Examining the implications of complex and changing situations in business.
  • Interpreting verbal, numerical and graphical information.
  • Presenting findings in written communication and using ICT.
  • Developing initiative, self-confidence and independence.
  • Communicating business ideas using language, number and ICT.
  • Developing communication, planning and team-working skills.
  • Participating in a range of practical business activities.

Pupils are expected to have an interest in current affairs and be keen to develop their independent learning skills.

Head of Department Miss E Chilton
Syllabus Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in Business (1BS0)


Course structure

Theme 1 – Investigating small business

Theme 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business.

This provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business. A range of local and national business contexts are explored, to 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.


At the end of the course, there are 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.

Many students choose to study A Level Business in Sixth Form. GCSE Business is also closely linked with subjects such as economics, media studies, and politics.

Future pathways

Entries for business-related university courses are growing rapidly, reflecting the positive relevance of this subject to almost any career.

GCSE Business is particularly relevant to careers in accountancy, marketing, sales, finance, commerce, banking, actuarial science, human resources, business development, business strategy, and economics.