Introduction to Business Studies

Why Study Business?

An excellent choice for anyone interested in commerce and entrepreneurship.  You will learn through the use of real life and life like business case studies.  You will learn about different industries, current business developments and the economy.  You will develop a range of transferable skills including: critical analysis, decision making and problem solving.  You will study a range of key topics including: Business Activities, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, People, Operations, Finance, The Economy.  Studying business can lead to a wide range of further study and careers. *SCROLL DOWN to view a summary of some of the main specifications available at GCSE Level.  Use the subject key notes cursor drop down and > to access all Business & Enterprise topics!  Links to the next 3 pages also available at the bottom of the page.

GCSE, Cambridge National & BTEC First Business Specification Summaries

CCEA GCSE (A*-G) Business Studies 2017
UNIT 1: Starting a Business (External Written Exam) 40%
UNIT 2: Developing a Business (External Written Exam) 40%
Planning a Business (Controlled Assessment) 20%

Business Communication Systems 2017
UNIT 1: Software Applications for Business (External Computer-based Exam) 40%
UNIT 2: The Business Environment (External Written Exam) 35%
UNIT 3: Developing Digital Solutions (Controlled Assessment) 25%

OCR GCSE (9-1) Business Studies 2018
UNIT 1: Business Activity, Marketing & People (External Written Exam) 50%
UNIT 2: Business Operations, Finance & Influences on business (External Written Exam) 50%

OCR Cambridge Nationals: J819 Enterprise & Marketing Level 1/2 (Pass/Merit/Distinction)
UNIT R064: Enterprise & Marketing Concepts (External Written Exam) 120 UMS
UNIT R065: Design a business proposal (Centre-Assessed) 60 UMS
UNIT RO66: Market & Pitch a business proposal (Centre-Assessed) 60 UMS

PEARSON EDEXCEL (9-1) GCSE Business 2017
THEME 1: Investigating small businesses (External Written Examination) 50%
THEME 2:  Building a business (External Written Examination) 50%

PEARSON EDEXCEL (9-1) i-GCSE Business 2018
PAPER 1: Investigating small businesses (External Written Examination) 50%
PAPER 2: Investigating large businesses (External Written Examination) 50% 

PEARSON BTEC Firsts Business Level 1/2 2018 (Pass/Merit/Distinction)
Mandatory units UNIT 1: Introduction to Business (Internal Assessment), UNIT 2: Finance for Business (External), UNIT 3: Enterprise in the Business World (Internal Synoptic)
Optional unit – teacher/students choose one from: UNIT 4: Promoting a Brand (Internal Assessment), UNIT 5: Principles of Customer Service (Internal), UNIT 6: Recruitment, Selection and Employment (Internal)

AQA GCSE (9-1) Business 2017
PAPER 1: Influences of operations and HRM on business activity (External Written Exam) 50%
PAPER 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity (External Written Exam) 50%


WJEC GCSE (A*-G) Business 2017
Business World (External Written Examination) 62.5%
UNIT 2: Business Perceptions (External Written Examination) 37.5%

WJEC EDUQAS (9-1) Business 2017
Business Dynamics (External Written Examination) 62.5%
COMPONENT 2: Business Considerations (External Written Examination) 37.5%