Who we are
Mr M. Byrne, Mr. S. Shearer
About GCSE Business
Business 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 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. In each unit of study, once the essential information has been taught, students are challenged to apply their learning to progressively more complex business scenario’s and case studies.
We encourage our students 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.
The Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) in Business
Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Specification 1BS0 Edexcel GCSE Business (2017) | Pearson qualifications
GCSE Business 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 (including apprenticeships & part-time work).
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 has no prerequisites. To access higher grades, it is essential that students are able to write complex extended responses and analyse previously unseen business case studies. 10% of this GCSE is awarded for numeracy skills eg use of mathematical formulae.
How can parents help?
Class discussions and often relies on understanding of real world information from the business world. Parents are encouraged to discuss their working experiences and other aspects of economic importance with the students.
Families may also wish to purchase the following revision resources
GCSE Business Edexcel Revision Guide - for the Grade 9-1 Course: ideal for catch-up and the 2022 and 2023 exams (CGP GCSE Business 9-1 Revision) : CGP Books, CGP Books: Amazon.co.uk: Books
New Grade 9-1 GCSE Business Edexcel Revision Question Cards: ideal for catch-up and the 2022 and 2023 exams (CGP GCSE Business 9-1 Revision) : CGP Books, CGP Books: Amazon.co.uk: Books
REVISE Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business Revision Guide + App (pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk)