What will be studied?
During the course students will gain an understanding of how the world of business works. They will apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in both the local and national contexts. Students will look at a range of topics including:
- Business in the real world – this will involve looking at the purpose of businesses, the role of business enterprise and entrepreneurship, and the dynamic nature of business.
- Influences on business – looking at the different external influences on business and how businesses change in response to these influences.
- Business operations – the study of production, human resources, finance and marketing.
Who will this course suit?
This course is suitable for anyone, with any interest. Everything around you is shaped by the world of business, whether it is your favourite football team, fashion brand or computer game. This course is especially suited those who are interested in how ideas become a business, how to promote and market a business and how to run and manage a business.
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How is the course assessed?
AQA GCSE Business is assessed by two exams at the end of Year 11.
Paper 1: Influences of operations and HRM on business activity.
Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity.
Both exams are 1 hour 45 minutes long and both are worth 50% of the GCSE.
What will this qualification lead to?
GCSE Business Studies will allow you to move on to a range of A levels or vocational courses, including Business and Economics offered in the Sixth Form. The skills acquired will support students into further education and beyond into the world of work. Studying Business Studies provides a fantastic base which can be used to excel in the workplace.