Business Studies

Key Stage 4 Business Studies

What is the title of this course? Edexcel GCSE Business Studies

What level of qualification?

Edexcel GCSE Business Studies (one GCSE A* - D)

What are the main topics I will be taught?

Students who decided to take GCSE Business Studies will be able to actively engage in the study of business and economics, to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.  Students use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, build arguments and make informed judgements.  Developing and applying their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.

Students begin to appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities and consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.

Students study the following;

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Small Business
  • Unit 2: Investigating Small Business
  • Unit 3: Building a Business

What type of learning activities will I undertake?

Guest speakers from local business and visits organised to Businesses to link into the coursework

How will I be assessed?

Edexcel GCSE Business Studies is assessed through;


·         Unit 1: Introduction to Small Business – Multiple-choice and objective test questions based external exam

·         Unit 2: Investigating Small Business – A controlled assessment which will include; Research and investigation, analysis/evaluation of task (final write-up).  This unit is internally marked by teachers and moderated by Edexcel.

·         Unit 3: Building a Business – Questions will comprise of a combination of multiple-choice, short- and extended-answer, data response and scenario-based external exam


What are the possible progression routes once I have this qualification?

6th form to study GCE Business or college courses at level 3 or full time employment

Key Stage 5 Business Studies

A broad - based qualification that provides the opportunity for students to explore the world of business in a practical way. By adopting an investigative approach, students develop a range of skills while discovering the problems and opportunities faced by local, national and international businesses

Students develop an understanding of how various business functions such as marketing, finance, human and physical resources work together, as part of a cohesive business.

Students are encouraged to take part in practical activities such as planning and running a business, organising an event or planning and setting up a website. Practical activities outside the classroom can also contribute towards the qualification.

Course Structure

A level Edexcel Business from September 2016:                                                                            

Theme 1 – Marketing and people                                                                                    

Theme 2 Managing business activities                                                                                         

Theme 3 Business decisions and strategy                                                                                        

Theme 4 Global business

Course Assessment

The four units are assessed externally by examination at the end of the two year course.


The GCE in Business Studies qualifies for UCAS points. It gives students a wide choice of progression options into further study (degrees, BTEC Higher National Diplomas or Modern Apprenticeships, etc), training or relevant employment in the business sector.


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