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Business Studies

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Pupil’s study a full GCSE in Business Studies which consists of 3 units:

  • Unit 1 – Introduction to a small business (25% – Year 10)
  • Unit 2 – Investigating Small Business – Controlled Assessment (25% – Year 10 & 11)
  • Unit 3 – Building a Business (50% – Year 11)

Unit 1 – Introduction to Small Business (25%)

  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Showing enterprise
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the start-up effective
  • Understanding the economic context
  • Students will take a 45 minute External Examination, totalling 40 marks. This examination will be a mixture of multiple choice and objective test questions.

Unit 2 – Investigating Small Business (25%)

  • The content is the same as Unit 1.
  • This is the Controlled Assessment part of the Business Studies GCSE.
  • The task is set by Edexcel.
  • Unit 2 is marked out of 40 marks.
  • Students get 6 hours of research time and a 3 hour write up period.
  • The Controlled Assessment is marked internally and moderated by Edexcel.

Unit 3 – Building a Business (50%)

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

Students will take a 1 hour 45 minute External Written Examination; where pupils will need to answer all questions in sections A, B and C. The questions will be a mix of multiple choice, short and extended answer questions, data response and scenario based questions. Unit 2 is marked out of 90 marks.

If you require further information about this curriculum area please contact the Principal Teacher Mrs K Murray – kmu@olchs.lancs.sch.uk