GCSE Business Studies
Why study Business?
Among the many benefits of studying GCSE Business are the opportunities it provides to explore real business situations and be practical in the application of business concepts. You will learn, in a natural sequence of stages, how to start and manage your own business.
The course is kinesthetic and creative. It is as much about developing enterprising skills such as innovation, problem solving, risk taking and team working as it is about the theory.
Application is a very important part of the course, and therefore we have frequent trips and visits, workshop days delivered by industry specialists and ample opportunity for research and case studies. Trips are planned to visit Cadbury’s World and Jaguar.
What will I study?
There are 3 units of assessment in total: 2 examinations and 1 controlled assessment tasks.
Early in Year 10 you will look into the whys and hows of starting a business, before carrying out research and completing an assessment task on a pre-released topic to apply to your chosen business. This task will involve carrying out market research on Canterbury High Street. You will be required to complete questionnaires, surveys, mystery shop visits and observations before discussing how your chosen business satisfies the criteria of the exam question.
The latter part of course looks at ‘Growing a Business’. This considers the key financial concepts for the planning of a growing business and the assessment of a business start-up. You don't have to be a grade 'A' Mathematician but you will be challenged by such concepts as: break even, cash flow, balance sheets, profit and loss accounts and financial ratios.
Examinations will take place at the end of Year 11 and have a combined weighting of 75%. The applied research is worth 25% you must have the ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
Upon completion of the course you will be a fully qualified and experienced budding entrepreneur!
The examination board is AQA