GCSE Business

Students study such things as the organisation and structure of businesses, the importance of communication, people at work, government and trade, finance and marketing

In Years 10 and 11, students will study in greater detail the core functional areas of Business. Looking in particular at: 

  • How and why businesses start 
  • Marketing & the importance of customers 
  • Business Operations, including production methods and distribution both locally and internationally 
  • Human Resources – how best to manage and motivate staff 
  • External influences – investigating ways to best deal with competition 
  • Finance – how it is raised, recorded and how the figures are analysed 

This content is assessed in two examinations at the end of Year 11 which are worth 62.5% and 37.5% of the overall grade respectively. No part of the course is assessed through a controlled assessment. 

The course is suitable for students who wish to find out more about the world of business and those who want to investigate how businesses become successful. The course relies on students taking an interest in what happens in the real world and is meant to be relevant in every way. 

Students will gain business knowledge, understanding and skills and begin to understand current events in local, national and global contexts.  Students will develop as independent learners and will be encouraged to use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts from opinions, form arguments and make informed judgements. 

This subject in the future could lead to a career in finance, advertising and managing people. As with most GCSEs however it offers a foundation to build on and will help a student to be more commercially aware when entering the workplace. 

This course cannot be taken with Business Enterprise (Level 2 BTEC) 

Contact: Mr. Birch  

Faculty Leader for Business & Computing