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Business Studies
What is GCSE Applied Business Studies?

In studying this course you will: develop business knowledge to help you understand current events; have the opportunity to use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions; develop and apply your knowledge, understanding and skills to today’s issues; appreciate the roles of different stakeholders in relation to business; and have the opportunity to experience the practical elements of business.

What can I do with this qualification?

Pupils who study Business Studies can continue their studies through ‘A’ Level and University. Careers in Business are vast, ranging from jobs in Marketing, Finance, and Production to Human Resources. The course will also equip you with the knowledge required to set up your own business.

Is this the right option choice for me? Ask yourself these questions.

Am I interested in the Business world around me?
Am I imaginative, creative & inquisitive?
Do I enjoy classes that are active yet challenging?
Do I enjoy group work?
Am I good at working with computers?
Could I help in the running of a small business?


Year 11: Term 1

Business Start Up: You will study how a business starts up and the importance of the role of the entrepreneur.

Year 11: Term 2


You will study the types and methods of production, quality assurance models and health and safety.

Year 11: Term 3


You will learn about customers’ needs and wants. You will study market research and the marketing mix.

Year 12: Term 1

Controlled Assessment - You will complete 3 tasks worth 60% of the overall GCSE grade.
Controlled Assessment will be completed throughout the 2 years. You will use ratio analysis to interpret final accounts and use management accounting techniques to help you make decisions.

Year 12: Term 2

Managing People - recruitment and selection, training, motivation and appraisal.
Business Growth - you will study why a business succeeds or fails.
Business Plan - You will study business planning.

Year 12: Term 3

Revision in preparation for the GCSE exam. There is one examination paper, 1 hour long, which will be based on stimulus material and a number of compulsory questions. This examination paper is worth 40% of the overall GCSE qualification.
Theory and Controlled Assessment are taught side by side over the 2 years. Controlled Assessment is worth 60% of the overall final GCSE grade.
CCEA Business Studies

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