GCSE Business

Aims of the Course

This is a popular course that is relevant to most pupils especially those who aspire to work in the commercial world e.g. accountancy, law, stockbroking, finance, advertising the media or wish to one day own their own business. GCSE Business aims to give pupils an excellent and practical understanding of how the real world of business works. It helps pupils develop critical thinking and analytical skills which will be useful throughout life.

The course is very varied and studies the many different factors that work together to make businesses successful. In particular:

Theme 1: Investigating small business

1.1         Enterprise and entrepreneurship

1.2         Spotting a business opportunity

1.3         Putting a business idea into practice

1.4         Making the business effective

1.5         Understanding external influences on business

Theme 2: Building a business

2.1         Growing the business

2.2         Making marketing decisions

2.3         Making operational decisions

2.4         Making financial decisions

2.5         Making human resource decisions

Assessment Procedures

The course is assessed through two components:

Theme 1 paper - 50% of the qualification
Theme 2 paper - 50% of the qualification

After KS4/Future Careers

Many pupils go on to study Business in the Sixth Form, and it always proves to be a popular course leading on to study to degree level at University. There are very few careers that will not benefit from some of the business concepts covered in this course.


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