GCSE qualifications in business subjects enable students to:

  • actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements
  • develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
  • appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities
  • consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable

Students will learn in the following ways:

  • By studying business problems
  • Through presentations, group work and individual projects
  • By the use of ICT
  • Through discussion and debate
  • By the use of business language, reading and research
  • By practical activities
  • By visiting businesses

Coursework Assessment

Unit 1
Examination 25%

Unit 2
Controlled Assessment 25%

Unit 3
Examination 50%

You will take a written examination paper with multiple choice and objective test questions based on the unit.

You will be given a list of controlled assessment tasks to choose from. The tasks will be based on what you have studied in Unit 1.

The questions will be a mixture of multiple-choice, data response, short-answer, extended-writing and scenario-based questions. For example, you might be given details of a business and asked a few questions based on that business.


Course Content

Unit 1 – Introduction to Small Business


  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Showing enterprise
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the start-up effective
  • Understanding the economic context

Unit 2 – Controlled Assessment


In this unit, students will research, analyse and evaluate a business, they will be able to apply their knowledge from Unit 1 and 3.

Unit 3 – Building A Business


  • Marketing
  • Meeting customer needs
  • Effective financial management
  • Effective people management
  • The wider world affecting business


Edexcel GCSE Business Studies (2009)


1 hour per week, often tasks in Business will involve research of topics prior to a taught lesson so that students have some prior knowledge or exam questions to test students understanding of the topic taught and to help prepare for the exam.