Business Studies GCSE

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Business Studies GCSE

You should choose Business Studies if:

  • You want to learn more about being enterprising and spotting business opportunities
  • You want to understand the world in which we live
  • You are interested in understanding how the business and economic environment impacts business performance
  • You want to learn how to evaluate the extent globalisation helps businesses to grow and break barriers


If you are interested in working or studying in any of the following sectors, GCSE Business Studies may be the right course for you! These include: marketing, IT, computing, retail, finance, economics, law, management, insurance, administration, and banking. You may also be someone who is interested in working for themselves or being an entrepreneur. Success in this course would enable students to progress to all types of further education including A Levels or Level 3 courses. A qualification in Business demonstrates a mind which is open to ideas, is resilient and determined.

The Course

The course consists of these subject areas over Year 10 and Year 11:

Year 10: Investigating small business
1. Enterprise and entrepreneurship
2. Spotting a business opportunity
3. Putting a business idea into practice
4. Making the business effective
5. Understanding external influences on business

Year 11: Building the business
1. Growing the business
2. Making marketing decisions
3. Making operational decisions
4. Making financial decisions
5. Making human resource decisions

In class, we will spend lots of time examining examples of successful businesses and what makes them work well, what the life of a business owner looks like and how changes in law and globalisation affect the world of business. There will be lots of class discussion and pair work. You will also develop your writing both in structured and unstructured formats, learning how to draw information from a wide range of sources to help develop your understanding of the wider world and how Business plays a significant role in shaping the society in which we live.

How will you be assessed?

There are two examinations at the end of Year 11. They will have both multiple choice questions and extended written answers. 10% of each exam paper is numerical so being capable in Maths will be an advantage. You will need to apply your knowledge to case studies showing application, analysis and evaluation.

This will consist of:
Paper 1Investigating small businesses50%
Paper 2How businesses grow and adapt to the world around them50%