Awarding Body - Pearson   

Award - GCSE


Course Outline

The business world comprises an enormous variety of different careers. The GCSE in Business Studies aims to give students a practical understanding of what “being in business” entails, and it will help students to develop the knowledge, and understanding needed when considering entering employment or starting up their own enterprise. 

Key Features 

Theme 1 covers concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business.  Theme 2 covers how a business develops and decisions used to grow a business, with emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. Theme 2 also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows.



There are two written exams each worth fifty percent of the total GCSE – each paper consisting of multiple choice, calculation, short-answer and extended-writing questions.  Each section starts with multiple choice questions, moving to short answer questions and ending with extended writing. Sections B and C are based on real life, relevant business contexts and examples.


The course will prepare pupils for a variety of careers such as retailing, banking, managing employees, setting up your own enterprise, advertising, sales, production, management and most jobs beyond school.  Pupils will have a knowledge of money, motivating others and how businesses operate will give pupils a clearer understanding of careers and opportunities beyond school. A GCSE in Business Studies also prepares students for further education including study at A level to Apprenticeships in a wide variety of subject areas.


Mr Turner - Curriculum Leader

Mr Christian - Teacher

Mr Moorcroft-Jones - Teacher