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Business Studies

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GCSE in Business

Exam Board : AQA
Level : 1/2

Course Overview

Students apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. Students develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour.

Students will apply their knowledge and understanding to business decision making including:

  • the interdependent nature of business activity, influences on business, business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, and how these interdependencies underpin business decision making
  • how different business contexts affect business decisions
  • the use and limitation of quantitative and qualitative data in making business decisions


Unit 1: Influences of operations and HRM on business activity

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Business operations
  • Human resources

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes. 90 marks. 50% of GCSE

Unit 1: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Marketing
  • Finance

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes. 90 marks. 50% of GCSE


BTEC First Award in Business

Exam Board : Edexcel
Level : 1/2

Course Overview

The business sector covers a large range of occupations and professions. A BTEC First Award in Business is the ideal qualification to give you an awareness of the variety of interesting opportunities that are available.

During your BTEC First Award in Business, you will learn about the language and terminology used in business and explore what businesses do, how they operate and the factors that can influence their success. You will also explore how businesses plan for success and the techniques which assist this process, such as break-even analysis and cash flow forecasts. You will find out how to measure revenue, gross profit and net profit and the importance of these to a business. You will also analyse key financial statements and understand their importance to the successful running of a business.

The qualification includes the units; Enterprise in the Business World, Finance for Business and Promoting a Brand and Principles in Customer Services.

Assessment: 25% examination, 75% coursework



Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Business

Exam Board : Edexcel
Level : 3

Course Overview

The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business-related subjects.#

Unit 1: Exploring Business. In this introductory unit, learners study the purposes of different businesses, their structure, the effect of the external environment, and how they need to be dynamic and innovative to survive

Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign. Learners will gain skills relating to, and an understanding of, how a marketing campaign is developed.

Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance. Learners study the purpose and importance of personal and business finance. They will develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information. Written examination set by Pearson.

2 hours. 100 marks.

Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection Process. Learners explore how the recruitment process is carried out in a business. The unit gives learners the opportunity to participate in selection interviews and review their performance.


Suggested Revision Guides and Books:

Revise Business National - Pearson

OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities:

Business Studies OSL Every Day 3pm-5pm in D18