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Mrs M. Zenonos
About Business Studies
Business Studies is an option taught at GCSE, it is a fascinating subject, relevant to all students regardless of their future career aspirations and provides a vision of the dynamic, ever changing world of business. The GCSE Business Course is varied and provides an excellent insight into starting small businesses in the UK and investigates what’s involved in managing businesses once they grow. Students learn about business functions including finance, marketing, human resource management and operations. Business is a ‘hands on’ course with the opportunity to apply knowledge to everyday scenarios. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and develop their communication, team building and presentation skills where possible, better preparing them for the workplace and to help them make informed choices about their future.
Examination Board: Edexcel
Specification Code 1BS0
GCSE Business Studies encourages students to be inspired and challenged and will prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities (A-level & BTEC National) and career choices (apprenticeships & part-time work). Business Studies students can work in almost every employment sector in the UK.
You will learn about how small businesses are developed and discover how businesses promote themselves and keep their customers happy. You will learn how businesses manage both their finances and the people who work for them.
Method of Assessment:
Unit 1 - Introduction to Small Business:
Written examination - 1 hour and 30 minutes 50% of the qualification (90 marks). The paper will consist of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions. Questions in Sections B and C will be based on business contexts given in the paper.
Unit 2 Growing the Business:
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes 50% of the qualification (90 marks). The paper will consist of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions. Questions in Sections B and C will be based on business contexts given in the paper.
Both examinations are taken in the summer of Year 11.
This course is well suited to students who like to explore ideas and connect concepts and apply these to business case studies. Students will develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to a range of business issues, using an enquiring critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions to build arguments and make informed judgements.
How can parents help?
Homework is given regularly and often relies on information from the business world so parents are encouraged to discuss their working experiences and other aspects of economic importance with the students.