The Course – Why choose Business Studies?

GCSE Business Studies is a dynamic, interesting and challenging course.  It is completely relevant to the world in which we live today, providing students with realistic learning experiences which they will carry on into life.

GCSE Business Studies makes a positive contribution to developing young people as individuals and participants in society, the economy and the environment.

The course will help learners develop:

  • A lifelong interest in and enjoyment of business subjects, being inspired, moved and changed by a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study
  • An enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements
  • An understanding of the changing use of ICT in business and economic activities
  • An understanding of the use of relevant terms, concepts and methods to describe business and economic behaviour effectively
  • Their abilities as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • Knowledge, understanding and skills to help them understand current events and provide a basis for their future role as active citizens and for possible further study of business


Entry Requirements

Students should have developed competence in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.



This course provides a sound basis of business knowledge for further study at:

  • A Level Business Studies
  • Vocational Advanced Business
  • Employment


Course Design (Business Studies)

Students will study two units:

  1. Unit 1 – Business Start Up
  2. Unit 2 - Business Development



Year 11 – Unit 1 Business Start Up

Year 12 – Unit 2 Business Development

Starting Up

  • Business Ownership
  • Sources of Finance
  • Mission Statement/Business Aims
  • Stakeholders
  • Customers
  • Resources of Business
  • Entrepreneurs



  • Types and Methods of Production
  • Quality Assurance
  • Health and Safety



  • Market Research
  • Marketing Mix


  • Cash Flow Forecasts
  • Ratios
  • Break-Even


Managing and Developing People

  • Recruitment
  • Selection
  • Training
  • Motivation
  • Appraisal


Business Growth

  • International Business
  • E-Commerce


Business Plan



Key Features

  • Assessment is unitised, meaning it takes place at the end of each year of the two years of study
  • One tier of entry
  • Grade range A* - G


Year 11 – Unit 1

External examination

Worth 35% of the final GCSE grade


1 hour 20 minutes

Year 12 – unit 2

External examination

Worth 40% of the final GCSE grade


1 hour 40 minutes

Controlled Assessment

Teacher supported and assessed

Worth 25% of the final GCSE grade


Business Studies is a vocationally relevant course and as a result links to a broad range of career areas.  Industries as diverse as chemicals, utilities, fashion, health, grocery and construction all require functional managers with a clear understanding of systems, efficiency and operational issues. 

Jobs related to Business Studies include: Banking and Finance, Chartered Accountancy, Human Resources, Logistics and Distribution Management, Marketing Consultancy, Marketing, Retailing, Sales