BUSINESS

Teachers

Mr J Grindrod - Subject Leader

Subject: Edexcel GCSE Business Studies

Course Outline:

Unit One - An Introduction to Small Businesses
  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Showing enterprise
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the start-up effective
  • Understanding the economic content.
Unit Two - Investigating Small Businesses (Controlled Assessment)
  • Select a task from a list of options
  • Research/investigation
  • Analysis/evaluation of task.
Unit Three- Building a Business
  • Marketing
  • Meeting customer needs
  • Effective financial management
  • Effective people management
  • The wider world affecting business.
Assessment:

Unit One:
  • External examination
  • 45 minutes in length
  • Consists of multiple-choice and objective test questions
  • Total of 40 marks
  • Externally assessed.
Unit Two:
  • Internally assessed controlled assessment
  • Two weeks of preparation time in class and researching at home
  • Analysis/evaluation of task (final write up) 3 hours maximum
  • The scripts are internally marked and moderated by Edexcel
  • Total marks 40.
Unit Three:
  • Written external examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • All questions must be answered
  • Questions will contain multiple choice questions, short and extended answer questions
  • The questions will be data response and scenario based questions
  • Total marks 90
  • Externally assessed.

Subject: EdexcelA Level Business

A Level Business is of interest to students who:
  • want to more fully understand business functions and how businesses are run
  • want to play a role in turning our global community into a fairer and more equitable society
  • are interested in careers in business, finance, politics, journalism, management consultancy, accounting, teaching or public policy
  • want another highly regarded A Level to support university applications
  • are numerate
A Level Business helps students:
  • develop an interest and enthusiasm for business and its contribution to the wider political and social environment
  • develop an understanding of a range of concepts and acquire an ability to use these concepts in a variety of different contexts
  • develop an enquiring, critical and thoughtful 'business savvy mind'
  • practice skills, qualities and attitudes which will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life
  • develop an understanding of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life
  • apply business concepts and theories in a range of contexts and appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real-world phenomena
  • analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it
A Level Business is taught through applying business theory to real-world case studies, and it is important that students have a genuine interest in and passion for current affairs. We have chosen Edexcel as our exam board specifically because of this link between theory and business cases.


Theme 1: Marketing & people
  • meeting customer needs
  • the market
  • marketing mix and strategy
  • managing people
  • entrepreneurs and leaders.
Theme 2: Managing business activities
  • raising finance
  • financial planning
  • managing finance
  • resource management
  • external influences.
Theme 3: Business decisions & strategy
  • business objectives and strategy
  • business growth
  • decision-making techniques
  • influences on business decisions
  • assessing competitiveness
  • managing change.
Theme 4: Global business
  • globalisation
  • global markets and business
  • expansion
  • global marketing
  • global industries and companies (multinational corporations).

Assessment Yr 1:

Paper 1: Marketing & people
50% of AS Qualification
  • Students answer all questions from all sections
  • Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts
  • Section C comprises one extended, open-response question
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks available.
Paper 2: Managing business activities
50% of AS Qualification
  • Students answer all questions from all sections
  • Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts
  • Section C comprises one extended, open-response question
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks available

Assessment Yr 2:

Paper 1: Marketing, people & global businesses
35% of A Level Qualification
Paper 1 will assess marketing, people and global businesses. Questions will be drawn from Themes 1 and 4, and from local, national and global contexts.
  • Students answer all questions from both sections
  • Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • 100 marks available.
Paper 2: Business activities, decisions & strategies
35% of A Level Qualification
Paper 2 will assess business finance and operations, business decisions and strategy. Questions will be drawn from Themes 2 and 3, and from local, national and global contexts.
  • Students answer all questions from both sections
  • Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • 100 marks available
Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment
30% of A Level Qualification
Paper 3 will assess content across all four themes. Questions will be drawn from local, national and global contexts.
For Paper 3, there will be a pre-released context document issued on our website in November of the previous year. A new context will be given to centres each year and will relate to the examination series for the following summer. The context will focus on a broad context, such as an industry or market in which businesses operate.

The question paper will be in two sections. The first section will focus on the broad context provided. This will be outlined to centres through the pre-released document. Questions will focus on the broad Context. The second section will focus on at least one strand within the context provided, such as a particular business. Each section will contain unseen stimulus materials comprising quantitative and qualitative evidence.

Students are required to apply their knowledge and understanding from Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 and their understanding of the broad context of this evidence. Students cannot take any of their research or investigation data carried out as part of the pre-release into the examination.
  • Students answer all questions from both sections
  • Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • 100 marks available.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business

The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the business sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in business-related subjects. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Equivalent in size to one A Level. 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.
Mandatory content (83%). Units 1, 2, 3 + a 4th Unit
External assessment (58%). Units 2 (Controlled Assessment) & 3 (Exam)

Unit 1: Exploring a Business
Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign
Unit 3: Personal & Business Finance
Unit 8: Recruitment & Selection