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Business

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course: Edexcel Pearson GCSE Business (1BSO)

Teacher of Business:  Mrs J. Wilson

 

PROGRAMME OF STUDY 

Each subject programme of study will:

  • Provide a clear and coherent learning journey
  • Foster subject-based understanding of new knowledge, concepts and methods
  • Ensure students acquire knowledge and give opportunities for recall and application of this knowledge so that fluency is developed
  • Require students to think and reason for themselves
  • Explanations and resources enable students to engage with and master learning
  • Learning should develop a depth of understanding that brings richness to the subject but also a breadth of understanding that enriches wider life and learning
  • Develop a readiness for the next stage: be this the next lesson, the next unit of work, the next year or key stage; it prepares students for both academic, A Level, and future degree study, or vocational learning
  • Contain appropriate, regular and robust assessment methods for measuring student progress and to allow intervention where progress is not as expected.

In order to see an overview of the sequence and progression of learning in Business Studies please see their Programme of Study.

PDF icon  Business Programme of Study


introduction

This is a course that is engaging and inspiring, and reflects the demands of a truly modern and evolving business environment. It enables students to develop as commercially minded and enterprising individuals. The subject content is delivered through engaging themes that will spark students’ imagination and inspire commercial thinking as they develop their business knowledge.

KS4 ONLY

Overview

Unit 1 An introduction to small businesses by looking at business opportunities, entrepreneurship, putting business ideas into practice and understanding the economy. Some topics include; Types of business ownership Revenues, costs and profit Recruitment, training and selection Invention and Innovation Financial Management Demand and supply Economic Climate Legal and tax Issues Interest Rates and Exchange Rates


Unit 2 Building a business Some topics include; Business growth Operational decisions Motivation and Leadership Financial decisions Ethics and sustainability Ratio Analysis Marketing decisions Competition Logistics, stock management and suppliers We will visit businesses to allow students to apply their learning.


Assessment

Unit 1: Introduction to Small Business 50% External Examination
Unit 2: Building a Business 50% External Examination Both papers will consist of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions. Many will be based on business contexts given in the paper. Mathematical and quantitative skills will be assessed throughout both papers.

Why choose this subject? Business Studies enables students to actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent students, as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

What you can do next with this subject? GCSE Business can lead to a career in accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry. A GCSE in Business is a great stepping stone towards an A Level qualification in Business, Economics, Accounting or other Business courses and a wide variety of university courses. It combines well with many other A Level courses including Geography, Mathematics, Economics and Psychology.

The knowledge and skills gained from GCSE Business support students’ entry into employment or other training in specific aspects of business, such as apprenticeships and vocational qualifications which focus on more specialised business areas.