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Business Studies

Here is the link to the specification for Business Studies

GCSE (9-1) in Business (J2004) consists of two sections which are externally examined:  

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.


The table below is a breakdown of the units studied at GCSE and the format of the assessments, although this is subject to change.


 Year 10

 Year 11







Business Activity 
The role of enterprise
Business planning
Business ownership
Business stakeholders

Business plan. Business type questions.
Short answer tests to check knowledge.

Extended question on growth.

Production, Finance and Influences on Business

Questions on methods of production.
Group research task on quality and its importance.
Possible case study question on quality and business reputation.

Growth (mergers and takeovers)
Factors affecting business location

Different methods of production job, batch and flow)
Quality of goods and services
Selling and Customers Service



Business Activity (continued)

The role of marketing Market research and segments

Questions on market research.
Students conduct secondary and primary research

Marketing plan assignment.

Questions on the 4 parts of the mix and how they are linked.

Multiple choice

Sources of finance  
Business accounts 

Possible case study question on Sources of finance.  
Calculate revenue, costs and profits. 
Break-even chart calculation and comments.
Complete a cash flow forecast and comment upon the results. 
Year 11 Mock examination paper. 

Marketing (continued)
Marketing mix (Price, Product, Place, Promotion)

Cash flow forecasts


Role of HR
Business Organisation


Retention (pay, management style, fringe benefits, etc.)
Employment Law

Recruitment question.
Training question.
Multiple choice. 
Short answer tests to check knowledge. 
Year 10 Mock examination paper.

Influences on Business 
Business ethics    
The economy    

Look at a case study and comment on the impact of business activity. 
Question on how the government may deal with different economic situations. 
Possible case study and questions on the impact of globalisation on businesses.

Revision 1

External Examination Business Activity (50%)

Revision 2

External Examination Business Finance and the External Business Environment (50%)