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Business Studies

Key Stage 4

GCSE Business Studies is taught in Years 10 and 11 and follows the AQA Specification.

It is an important subject for all students, both the budding entrepreneurs amongst us and those who want to know more about business organisations, of which one day they may be a part.

It includes a study of marketing, finance and accounts, production, human resource management, business organisation, location, the economic and political worlds and their effects on business and it draws heavily on case study material of businesses in the real world.

There are two written examination papers based on case study material and one piece of controlled assessment, which accounts for 25% of the final mark.

GCSE Business Studies is taught in Years 10 and 11 and follows the AQA specification, syllabus 4133.  It includes a study of marketing, finance and accounts, production, human resource management, business organisation, location, the economic and political worlds and their effects on business and it draws heavily on case study material of businesses in the real world. The set text book is AQA GCSE Business Studies by Malcolm Surridge and Andrew Gillespie, published by Phillip Allan Updates. Students are issued with a text book to accompany them through the course.  There are two written examination papers based on case study material.

  • Unit 1 examines Setting up a Business and is a written paper of 1 hour and contains about three data-response questions. In each question students are given a little information about a business and then asked to answer a series of questions about the business using their subject knowledge from Unit 1. The paper is worth a maximum of 60 marks and contributes 40% of the marks towards the final GCSE Grade.
  • Unit 2 examines Growing as a Business. This exam also lasts 1 hour and tests knowledge of Unit 2. It is also based on about three data-response questions. This exam carries a maximum of 60 marks and contributes 35% of the marks towards the final GCSE Grade. Students sit both these exams in the summer of Year 11. 
  • Unit 3 is one piece of controlled assessment, which accounts for 25% of the final mark. This is a different style of examination with students given some tasks to research and taking as much time as they wish to complete the research. They will then be allowed a maximum of 3 hours to write up the findings of the research, under teacher supervision. This assessment has a maximum of 40 marks and is usually completed at the beginning of Year 11.

 

Key Stage 5

Students taking Business Studies at Advanced Level may not have taken the subject at GCSE level, but we are happy for a Year 12 student with no previous knowledge of this subject to join the course but assumes that they have a keen interest in the business environment and what is being reported in the media. There is also an opportunity to join in business competitions such as Young Enterprise which will add to the enjoyment and achievement of students at this level.

Students study the AQA specification which is split into 3 papers at A level

At A level the 3 papers are taken at the end of the year and they are based on decision making covering topics such as Finance, Marketing, Operations Management and People.