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Business Studies

GCSE Business Studies(9-1) consists of two sections which are externally examined. J204

Business Activity, Marketing and People

Written paper 1 hour 30 mins – 80 marks 50% of the qualification.

Operations, Finance and Influences on Business

Written paper 1 hour 30 mins – 80 marks 50% of the qualification.

Business GCSE encourages students to think commercially and creatively about current issues facing real businesses.  Students are expected to consider the role of Operations, HR, Finance and Marketing as they react to changes in the external business environment and coordinate their actions, to recommend what different businesses would do to achieve their objectives.

Students develop skills such as team work and communication, whilst gaining confidence to explore how different business situations affect business decisions on a local, national and global level.  Students are required to use both qualitative and quantitative skills to build balanced arguments and evaluate key decisions in business, developing critical and reflective mindsets. Alongside this, students will experience how business works in the real world, through use of case studies, guest speakers and visits to local businesses and workplaces.

The range of skills students develop and the breath of topics gives students many options for future education and career paths. Business allows students to study Business courses or Economics in the future.  There is also the opportunity for students to gain apprenticeships.  Business is favoured by many educational providers as it links to many career paths and encompasses a wide range of topics from the real world.  Popular career and educational paths from previous students have been; Marketing, Accounting, HR as well as Law, Media, Sport, Computing and ICT. These courses have a direct link to Business GCSE.