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Business

GCSE Business students learn about the world of business through case studies, discussions, class activities and videos. Students learn about how to set up a business and being your own boss, and about working for a business.

 

Theme 1 (Year 10) concentrates on the key business 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.

In this theme, students will be introduced to local and national business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions.

Students must develop an understanding of the interdependent nature of business activity through interactions between business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, as well as the relationship between the business and the environment in which it operates.

Students must understand how these interdependencies and relationships underpin business decisions.

 

Theme 2 (Year 11) examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues 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.

In this theme, students will be introduced to national and global business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions.

National contexts build on those in Theme 1 and relate to businesses operating in more than one location or across the UK. Global contexts relate to non-UK or transnational businesses.

Students must develop an understanding of the interdependent nature of business activity through interactions between business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, as well as the relationship between the business and the environment in which it operates.

 

The course includes a Finance module, and therefore pupils will be expected to be confident in Maths. Students will have 2 exams at the end of the course, and will be expected to write essays solving business problems by analysing and comparing a range of business decisions before making a judgement.

 

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