Introduction to Business Studies
GCSE Business Studies aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the business world. Students learn the key qualities of an entrepreneur, the various functions of organisations and the varying nature of consumer behaviour. They also learn about the changing environment in which businesses operate and most importantly learn strategies which enable businesses to start, survive and continue to grow into global empires. Business Studies enables students to understand change and the importance of being flexible and adapting to the environment around them, either as individuals, in departments, whole businesses or as consumers of our own societies. Students also learn the very complex nature of decision making and thus learn the awareness of the variety of implications that ensue from their own actions.
Business Studies at KS4
Unit 1 :Students will sit a 45 minute multiple choice exam at the end of year 11, which is worth a total of 40 marks. This unit is worth 25% of the final grade.
Unit 2: Students undertake an investigation into a small business, which is set by Edexcel. The project is worth a total of 40 marks and is internally assessed under controlled conditions. This unit is worth 25% of the final grade.
Unit 3 In Year 11 students will complete a 90 minute written. This paper is 1 hour 30 minutes long using structured answers and extended writing. This will be based on Unit 3 Building a business and comprises a weighting of 50% towards the final grade.
The course is changing from September 2017!
Theme 1: Investigating small business. 50% towards the final grade.
Theme 2: Building a business. 50% towards the final grade.
Both units are externally assessed by a 1hr 30 min exam containing of multiple choice, short-answer and extended-writing exam questions.