The study of Business at GCSE and A level seeks to give an understanding of business, to develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet their objectives. Students are encouraged to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to generate enterprising and creative solutions to business problems and issues. Throughout the courses, students will acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem solving, the challenging of assumptions and the quantification and management of information.
Whilst we are delighted to offer the GCSE in Business, there is no requirement to have studied GCSE Business in order to study A level Business. Whilst GCSE students will take forward a welcome grounding in the key theory, all topics will be introduced at A level from the ground up.
We follow the Edexcel syllabus for GCSE Business. This helps with transition to the Edexcel A level course should students wish to continue with the subject into the 6th form. We also admire the course for its determination to base all business theory in real life scenarios and its focus on applying the theory rather than just knowing it.
What will I learn in GCSE Business?
The course is split into two key themes:
Theme 1: Investigating small business (including entrepreneurship, spotting a business opportunity, putting a business idea into practice and external influences on business)
Theme 2: Building a business (including growing the business, making operational, marketing, financial and human resource decisions)
How will be assessed in GCSE Business?
Theme 1: 1 hour and 30 minute examination, 50% of the qualification
Theme 2: 1 hour and 30 minute examination, 50% of the qualification
Both assessments offer a mix of questions, including multiple choice, short and extended answers.
For further detail on the precise contents of the course please click on the following link to the exam board specifications.