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Business Studies

Years 10 & 11

Course Title: Business Studies
Course Exam Board: Edexcel
Qualification: GCSE

The Edexcel GCSE in Business Studies actively engages students in the study of business and economics, helping them to develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.

How it is assessed

Unit 1: Introduction to Small Business (Unit code 5BS01)

  • Externally assessed.
  • Written examination: 45 minutes.
  • Multiple-choice and objective test questions with a total of 40 marks.

Unit 2: Investigating Small Business (Unit code 5BS02)

  • This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.
  • Students complete one Edexcel-set task with a total of 40 marks.
  • Research/investigation – approximately two weeks of curriculum time (a maximum of six hours).
  • Analysis/evaluation of task (final write up) – approximately one week of curriculum time (a maximum of three hours).
  • The task is internally marked by teachers and moderated by Edexcel.

Unit 3: Building a Business (Unit code 5BS03)

  • Externally assessed.
  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Students will be required to answer all questions from Sections A, B and C.
  • Questions will comprise of a combination of multiple-choice, short- and extended-answer, data response and scenario-based questions with a total of 90 marks.

Years 12 & 13

Course Title: Business Studies
Exam Board: AQA
Qualification: A-Level

About the course

This course encompasses a range of dynamic and engaging content. AQA have a history and proven track record of providing high quality, successful business qualifications that have been developed through teacher feedback, operational experience and by working closely with universities and the wider academic community. By taking a holistic approach to the subject, we demonstrate the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations to provide a dynamic specification.

The content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in society today. Students will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology, business ethics and globalisation, which is covered throughout the topics. Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions, which are all skills that are needed for further study and employment.

How it is assessed


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