Would you like to set up your own business and be a successful entrepreneur like Alan Sugar or Levis Roots? Would you like to be a manager for a large business like John Lewis or M&S? Have you got an interest in the news and how the government and their policies affect your life? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then Business Studies is the GCSE for you!
"Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art." Andy Warhol
At GCSE, we have cohorts following the Edexcel Applied GCSE and AQA GCSE Business Studies courses. TheEdexcel Applied GCSE is made up of one piece of coursework (worth 60%) and one exam (worth 40%). For the coursework, students investigate a local business; research how it's organised and why stakeholders are important and then compare its functions to a larger organisation. They then have one exam which focuses on financial records; how they are used, methods used by businesses, the nature of financial statements and their importance.
The AQA Business Studies GCSE is made up of one piece of course work (worth 25%) and two exams. Students must research a pre-released theme for their coursework and write a report on it in controlled conditions. Unit 1 is based on setting up a business and the paper is worth 40%. This unit introduces candidates to issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business. It explores the activities of business and the reasons for success or failure. Unit 2 then focuses on growing as a business and the paper is worth 35%. This unit builds upon the content of Unit 1, allowing candidates to study businesses as they grow and the issues that expansion raises.