Business Studies Course Content

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Business Studies GCSE

Theme 1 Investigating small business

1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

1.3 Putting a business idea into practice

1.4 Making the business effective

1.5 Understanding external influences on business

Theme 2 Building a business

2.1 Growing the business

2.2 Making marketing decisions

2.3 Making operational decisions

2.4 Making financial decisions

2.5 Making human resource decisions


Exam board: Edexcel

You will sit 2 exams papers at the end of year 11. One will assess your knowledge of theme 1 and accounts for 50% of your overall grade. The other will assess your knowledge of theme 2 and accounts for 50% of your overall grade. There is no coursework or controlled assessment on this course.

Both exam papers follow the same format. Each paper is divided into three sections:

Section A: 35 marks

Section B: 30 marks

Section C: 25 marks.

The papers will consist of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions. Questions in Sections B and C will be based on business contexts given in the paper. Calculators may be used in the examination.