Business Studies

KEY STAGE 4

Qualification & Exam board: Pearson Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Business Studies

Course content:

THEME 1: INVESTIGATING SMALL BUSINESS (YEAR 10)

Theme 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business.

  • Enterprise
  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Putting an idea into practice
  • How to make a business effective
  • External influences on business

THEME 2: BUILDING A BUSINESS (YEAR 11)

Theme 2 examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. Theme 2 also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows.

  • Making marketing decisions
  • Making operational decisions
  • Making financial decisions
  • Making human resource decisions

HOW WILL STUDENTS BE ASSESSED?

The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Business consists of two externally examined papers.

Theme 1: Investigating small business (1BS0/01)
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes (50% of the qualification – 90 marks)

Theme 2: Building a business (1BS0/02)
Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes (50% of the qualification – 90 marks)

Section A: 35 marks
Section B: 30 marks
Section C: 25 marks

Both papers will consist of calculations, multiple-choice, short answer and extended-writing questions.

Questions in section B & C will be based on business contexts given in the paper.