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GCSE Business is a popular subject with students in Years 9, 10 and 11 at Barnhill. Five hours is allocated to Business studies classes per week, giving students plenty of time to learn and understand the real business world.

Business Studies - Curriculum and Assessment Map.docx

This course enables students to gain a realistic understanding of how businesses operate and the issues they face.

Unit 1: Introduction to Small Business:

  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Showing enterprise
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the start-up effective
  • Understanding the economic context

Students are assessed in a 45 minute exam on these topics in June this is worth 25% of the overall GCSE.

Unit 2: Controlled Assignment

Students will investigate a small business of their choice and will have 6 hours to research this and prepare before they write about this under exam conditions for 3 hours. This piece of written work is worth 25% of the overall GCSE.

This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.

Unit 3: Building a Business

  • Marketing
  • Meeting customer needs
  • Effective financial management
  • Effective people management
  • The wider world affecting business

Students are assessed in a 1 hour 30 minute exam in June that is worth 50% of the overall GCSE.

GCSE Business students develop many skills within business contexts during the course. They develop practical skills such as time management, personal organisation and action planning. Presentational skills are gained by addressing audiences using a variety of media and forms. Finally communication and group work helps students to develop interpersonal skills.

The Business department are committed in helping students to achieve their highest potential.

Exam board: Edexcel. See for further information

We offer a range of business subjects within our sixth form; A-Level Business, Applied A-Level Business and BTEC Business at levels 2 and 3, in order to suit a range of learners.

Business Studies is a very popular subject at Barnhill and student feedback is very positive. The large department has a team of 8 highly qualified and dedicated teachers. Whilst studying business you will learn about how to set up, market, finance and operate a business. You will develop knowledge about the world around you including how the government and the economy works and how businesses are run.

A-Level Business provides an excellent and exciting opportunity for any student wishing to enter Higher Education or pursue a wide range of opportunities in the world of business. Students could go on to set-up their own business or work in accountancy, human resources, global marketing, recruitment, and general management. It is most suited to students who are comfortable at taking exams.

The units studies are:

  • An Introduction to Business
  • Business Functions
  • Marketing
  • Business Strategy

Applied A-Level Business has a more vocational context and suits students who prefer to take some exams and some coursework.

The units studied are:

  • Investigating People at Work
  • Investigating Business
  • Investigating Marketing
  • Business Organisations
  • Business Development
  • Marketing Decisions

BTEC Business is suited to those who prefer to complete all coursework. This course is for dedicated, flexible and independent learners who have the desire and drive to develop their understanding of the business world. Students must be organised and have the ability to complete coursework or assessments under tight deadlines. The course is designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications in the vocational sector of business studies. The course will give students the understanding and skills that are needed to prepare for the employment or go on to further study. At level 3 you will study 4 mandatory units: The Business Environment, Introduction to Marketing, Business Finance and Communication in Business. You will also study 2 optional units which will be decided by the teachers dependent on class needs.