Topic outline

  • KS3 - Year 8

  • KS3 - Year 9

    Students look at a number of diverse areas. The year begins with students producing their own television advertisement. Then students see how businesses provide for our needs and wants. Students move on to discuss business ethics and the related topic of social costs and benefits (the bad and good results of business activity for others). This in turn leads to focusing upon pressure groups and their impact upon businesses.

    After this, students will undertake a group role play activity based on the 'Dragons Den' television series, where they develop and then present ideas for investment. Finally, students examine the importance of business image and have the opportunity to change the image of a real business.

  • GCSE Business Studies

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    Exam Board Qualification Specification
    OCR Exam Board - GCSE Business Studies (J253) GCSE Business Studies J253

    The philosophy of this course incorporates the belief that the study of Business Studies should require candidates both to understand the dynamic environment in which business operates and to appreciate the many and varied factors which impact upon business activity and business behaviour. Candidates will work towards gaining an understanding of the issues facing UK businesses in the 21st century.

    Students learn about how businesses operate in today’s society, and in so doing, gain skills that will be useful in a wide range of occupations such as law, finance and business management as well as for the further study of Business Studies at A level. However, it must be stressed that the emphasis is academic and not vocational, providing a clear progression route to the revised OCR AS/A Level Business Studies specification.

    Main topics include:

    • Business Types (sole proprietors, partnerships, limited liability partnerships, private limited companies, and public limited companies)
    • Business Organisation and Communication
    • Recruitment
    • Marketing
    • Business Finance
    • Technology (Production and ICT)
    • The European Union
    • Increasing Importance of ethics is business decision making
    • Globalisation of business activity

    Students will learn:

    • How to analyse business problems and issues
    • How to evaluate evidence and communicate arguments clearly
    • How to market products and services, including advertising and branding
    • The laws affecting business behaviour


    There are three units comprised of the following content:

    Marketing & Enterprise – This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated (Controlled Assessment).  This is coursework and it accounts for 25% of the total GCSE marks.

    Business & People – This unit is externally assessed (unseen examination) accounting for 25% of the total GCSE marks 1 hr written paper.

    Production, Finance & External Business Environment – This unit is externally assessed (examination based on pre-released case study stimulus material) accounting for 50% of the total GCSE marks 1 hr 30 mins written paper.

    Tiers no longer exist, with all candidates being entered for the same assessments.  Much use is made of learning and applying business terminology and basic Mathematics; therefore, it is important that those opting have at least a reasonable ability in English and Mathematics so that they will be able to cope with demands of the subject.

    Other Information

    Many of our candidates go on to follow A/S and A2 level Business Studies courses at Sixth Form Colleges.  Examination results have been excellent at SVC, with an average of 81% C and above in the last eight years (16% above the national average).  Many students attend a trip to Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory on the outskirts of Birmingham to examine chocolate production and marketing.