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GCSE Business Studies

We follow the AQA GCSE Business Studies course (8132). This course is examined by six different content areas: Business in the real world, Influences on business, Business operations, Human resources, Marketing and Finance.

Students will apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. Students develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour.

Exam board: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business/gcse/business-8132

 

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn 1

Business in the real world

Marketing

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Influences on Business

Finance

Spring 2

Summer 1

Business Operations

Revision

Summer 2

Human Resources

Business in the real world

Students will learn about the purpose of business activity, the role of business enterprise and entrepreneurship, and the dynamic nature of business. They will gain insight into reasons why businesses are set up and will learn about different entrepreneurs whilst doing so.

Influences on business

In this topic students will understand the importance of external influences on business and how businesses change in response to these influences with particular focus on the change in technology and its effect on business.

Business operations

Students will understand the interdependent nature of business operations, human resources, marketing and finance. We will look at examples of how business objectives would be split into functional plans with clear links throughout. Students will also learn about business operations and what they involve, their role within the production of goods and the provision of services, and how they influence business activity.

Human resources

This topic focusses on the purpose of human resources, its role within business and how it influences business activity. Students will gain an understanding of the recruitment and selection process within businesses and how businesses motivate staff. Students will also understand the different types of organisational structure.

Marketing

In this topic students will learn about the purpose of marketing, its role within business and how it influences business activity. Students will focus on marketing strategies used by businesses and the importance of understanding the needs and wants of a consumer to succeed as a business.

Finance

Within this topic students will understand the purpose of the finance function, its role within business and how it influences business activity. Students will create cash flow forecasts for businesses and will learn how to analyse the financial performance of a business.

Assessment:

Students will be assessed at the end of Year 11 with two exam papers;

Paper 1 assesses Business in the real world, Influences on business, Business operations and Human resources. This paper is worth 90marks and 50% of the overall grade.

Paper 2 will assess Business in the real world, Influences on business, Marketing and Finance. This paper is worth 90 marks and 50% of the overall grade.

A Level Business Studies

Exam board: Edexcel

 

Year 12

Year 13

Autumn 1

Marketing and People

Business Decisions and Strategy

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Global Business

Spring 2

Managing Business Activities

Summer 1

Revision

Summer 2

This course is examined by 3 two hour papers at the end of the 2 year course. The course consists of four different themes. Themes 1 and 2 are studied in Year 12 and Themes 3 and 4 are studied in Year 13.

Year 12

Theme 1: Marketing and People
This theme introduces students to the basics of marketing and human resource management. The topics studied are:

  • Meeting Customer Needs
  • The Market
  • Marketing Mix and Strategy
  • Managing People
  • Entrepreneurs and Leaders

Theme 2: Managing Business Activities
This theme introduces students to the basics of finance, production and the external business environment. Topics in this theme are:

  • Raising Finance
  • Financial Planning
  • Managing Finance
  • Resource Management
  • External Influences

Year 13

Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy
This theme looks at business decision making and strategy development and introduces some complex business theories and models. Topics include:

  • Business Objectives and Strategy
  • Business Growth
  • Decision Making Techniques
  • Influences on Business Decisions
  • Assessing Competitiveness
  • Managing Change.

Theme 4 Global Business
This final theme looks at the world of international business and trade. Topics in this theme are:

  • Globalisation
  • Global markets and business expansion
  • Global marketing
  • Global industries and multinational companies.

A Level Economics

Exam board: Edexcel

 

Year 12

Year 13

Autumn 1

Introduction to markets and market
failure

Business behaviour and the
labour market

Autumn 2

Spring 1

A global perspective

Spring 2

The UK economy – performance and
policies

Summer 1

Revision

Summer 2

This course is examined by 3 two hour papers at the end of the 2 year course. The course consists of four different themes. Themes 1 and 2 are studied in Year 12 and Themes 3 and 4 are studied in Year 13.

Year 12

Theme 1: Introduction to Markets and Market Failure
This theme is an introduction to microeconomics – the theory of the firm. Students will study:

  • The nature of economics
  • How markets work – including the laws of supply and demand
  • Market failure
  • Government intervention to address market failure

Theme 2: The UK Economy – Performance and Policies
This theme is an introduction to macroeconomics – the theory of the whole economy. Students will study:

  • Measures of economic performance
  • Aggregate demand
  • Aggregate supply
  • National Income
  • Economic growth
  • Macroeconomic objectives and policy

Year 13

Theme 3: Business Behaviour and the Labour Market
This theme further develops the microeconomic concepts studied in Theme 1 and considers:

  • Business growth
  • Business objectives
  • Revenues, costs and profits
  • Market structures
  • Labour market
  • Government Intervention

Theme 4: A Global Perspective
This theme considers macroeconomics on a global scale and develops students’ understanding of:

  • International economics
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Emerging and developing economies
  • The financial sector
  • The role of the state in the macroeconomy