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
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.
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
- Meeting customer needs
- Effective financial management
- Effective people management
- The wider world affecting business
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.