Curriculum

Business Studies

Curriculum Intent:
Our intent is to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in entering the world of work, whether that be setting up their own company or working in an existing one. We focus on ensuring students gain a holistic view of the world of business and the impact businesses can have on different stakeholders.

Our aim is for students to develop a number of transferable skills including; team working, problem solving and communication skills. Students will be engaged with the use of real-life business examples in the classroom, resulting in students having a sound knowledge of current affairs and the impact they have on businesses and individuals.

A GCSE course in Business Studies is ideal for students who:

  • Are genuinely interested in matters of business and economics
  • Enjoy communicating and explaining ideas
  • Thinking creatively and making decisions
  • Working with numbers to solve business problems
  • Learning about the world of business through real and relevant local and international brands.
Content:

Students explore the world of small businesses through the lens of an entrepreneur. How and why do business ideas come about? What makes a successful business? Students learn how to develop an idea, spot an opportunity and turn it into a successful business. Students understand how to make a business effective, manage money and see how the world around us affects small businesses and all the people involved.

Students investigate business growth. How does a business develop beyond the start-up phase? They learn about key business concepts and issues and decisions needed to make when growing a business and working in a global business. Students learn about meeting customer needs, making marketing, operational, financial and human resourcing decisions and explore how the wider world impacts the business as it grows.

Key Stage 4 Business Studies Curriculum Overview

Students at Key Stage 4 have two double periods a week studying the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business qualification.

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer  1 Summer 2
Year 11

Unit 1– Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

 

Unit 2– Spotting a Business Opportunity

 

Unit 3 –Putting a business idea into practice

Unit 4-Making the business effective

 

Unit 5– Influences on Business

 

Unit 6– Growing a Business

Unit 7 – Making marketing decisions

 

Unit 8– Operational & Financial Decisions

Unit 9– Making Human Resource Decisions Exam Preparation & Revision
Year 11- Theme 1
Assessment at GCSE

The Edexcel GCSE (9–1) in Business consists of two externally-examined papers, one covering Theme 1 content and one covering Theme 2 content, both sat in May/June of Year 11

Theme 1: Investigating small business

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes  50% of the qualification 90 marks

Content overview

Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice

Topic 1.4 Making the business effective

Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business

Assessment overview

The paper is divided into three sections: Section A: 35 marks Section B: 30 marks Section C: 25 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.

 

Theme 2: Building a business

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes  50% of the qualification 90 marks

Content overview

Topic 2.1 Growing the business

Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions

Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions

Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions

Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions

Assessment

The paper is divided into three sections: Section A: 35 marks Section B: 30 marks Section C: 25 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.

Useful Resources and Revision Support
  • More information on the specification can be found on the Edexcel website

  • BBC news website to keep up to date with current affairs

  • Newspapers

  • Tutor2u website

  • BBC Bite size website