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Subject Team Leader: R Samrai

Assistant Subject Team Leader: M Hyland


Key information about subject:

This subject is only offered at Key Stage 4.

Businesses shape the world we live in. Some businesses are iconic and have become part of our daily vocabulary; for example, we say to “Google” something, meaning to search for something on the internet. The power these super-brands have had on our lives is immense and every business wants to achieve this level of impact. The GCSE Business course gives an insight into the different functional areas of a business from finance to marketing.

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Curriculum outline

Key Stage 4

Year group Content Assessment Examination board
10 Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship – students are introduced to the dynamic nature of business.


Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity – students will explore how new and small businesses are created.


Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice – this topic focuses on making a business idea happen through identifying aims and objectives.


Topic 1.4 Making the business effective – students will explore a range of factors that impact on the success of the business.

Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business – students are introduced to a range of factors, many of which are outside of the immediate control of the business.



Paper 1 Examination – 90 minutes

(50% of GCSE)






11 Topic 2.1 Growing the business –Methods of growth and how and why business aims and objectives change as businesses evolve. Exploration of globalisation and the ethical and environmental questions facing businesses.

Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions – students will explore how each element of the marketing mix is managed.

Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions – this topic focuses on meeting customer needs through the design, supply, quality and sales decisions a business makes.

Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions – students will explore the tools a business has to support financial decision making, including ratio analysis and the use and limitation of financial information.

Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions – How business growth relates to organisational structure, recruitment, training and motivation.



Paper 2 Examination – 90 minutes

(50% of GCSE)




Potential future career pathways in subject area

Business Studies gives an excellent insight into the real world of business and how it operates at all levels from the smallest firm to the largest global corporation. As a result, the skills you acquire and develop will be in great demand and form an excellent foundation for A levels, apprenticeships and university courses.