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Business Studies GCSE

Course outline

Unit 1: Introduction to Small Business (Exam)

Unit 2: Investigating Small Businesses (Controlled Assessment)

Unit 5: Introduction to Economic Understanding (Exam)

The course is made up of three units. Whilst studying the first two units you will be introduced to the world of business and will look at how businesses are set up and run and what makes a successful business person. You will understand how to make effective business decisions and how to manage money efficiently. You will also learn how external factors affect businesses, for example interest rates. You will learn how businesses promote themselves and keep their customers satisfied and how they manage the people who work for them. The third unit develops and builds on this knowledge and considers in more detail marketing, financial management and how the wider world affects businesses.


What topics are covered?

Enterprise, Marketing, Legal structure of business activity, Workforce, Production methods and Production decisions, Financial information for decision-making, External influences on business activity.


What skills will I need for Business Studies?

This subject is both active and enjoyable. You need to be good at communicating and explaining your ideas and not be afraid of learning new concepts and working with numbers to solve business problems. You will learn how to be a creative thinker and make decisions. You will also learn about the world of business through research and investigation, as well as through practical tasks.


Business Studies BTEC

Course Outline

The course consists of 4 units. 2 mandatory (including 1 exam) and 2 option units.

Mandatory units

Unit 1 Enterprise in the Business World (Internal Assessment)

Unit 2 Finance for Business (1hr Exam 20% of final grade)

Plus 2 optional units

Unit 3 Promoting a Brand

Unit 6 Introducing Retail Business


What will I learn in BTEC Business?

The nature of the course is very ‘hands on’. We will be involving local businesses in the delivery of the course as well as being able to visit key organisations in the locality. There is an emphasis on written work, research skills, working in groups and presenting findings to a target audience. Throughout the 2 years there will be an opportunity to test out your enterprise skills, looking at the marketing mix and preparing and presenting your sales pitches to our very own Dragons! If you have ever considered becoming the next Lord Alan Sugar or fulfilling your dreams through starting you own business, then this is the course for you!


Key skills for BTEC Business

You will develop the following skills:

There is an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’. Students will learn to work using their own initiatives. You will also be able to demonstrate self-motivation through meeting regular deadlines, along with research skills. Communication and interpersonal skills will develop through regular presentations and discussions.