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Key Stage 4

Business Studies in Year 10 & 11

Key Stage 4 Overview

Business Studies is chosen as an option in Year 10 and is studied over two years for the GCSE course. We follow the Edexcel syllabus which introduces students to the theory of starting a business and seeing how businesses grow to become multinational corporations.

Students who study business will also have the opportunity to extend their learning outside the classroom, with all encouraged to join the Business Club.

Year 10 Business Studies Overview

During Year 10, all students will study Unit 1; Introduction to Small Business covering the following topics:

  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Showing enterprise
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the start-up effective
  • Understanding the economic context.
 
Year 11 Business Studies Overview

During Year 11, students will complete their Unit 2 controlled assessment, as well as Unit 3; Building a Business which covers:

  • Marketing
  • Meeting customer needs
  • Effective financial management
  • Effective people management
  • The wider world affecting business.
Assessment
Students will undertake two external examinations and a controlled assessment; all exams are taken in the year of certification (Year 11), as set out below.
UNIT 1 UNIT 2 UNIT 3

45 MINUTE MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAM

Introduction to Small Business

WORTH 25% OF THE FINAL MARKS

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT

Investigating small business

WORTH 25 % OF THE FINAL MARKS

1 HOUR 30 MINUTE WRITTEN EXAM

Building a business

                                  WORTH 50 % OF THE FINAL MARKS

All students can expect a variety of activities, such as team working and independent learning. As a department we also emphasise applying knowledge to current affairs and real-life businesses.

Students are encouraged to progress onto the A-Level Business course to continue their studies in this subject.

Another option for our GCSE pupils is the VCert (Vocational Certificate) in Business and Enterprise. This is a level 2 course and the exam board is NCFE. Please see link for more details.