Business studies

GCSE in Business Studies

Why study this subject?

If you enjoy communicating and explaining your ideas, thinking creatively and making decisions, working with numbers to solve business problems, learning about the world of business through research and investigation, as well as through practical tasks, then the GCSE Business course is the right subject for you. GCSE Business Studies requires an enquiring mind, an interest in learning about the world around us and in discovering how businesses are set up or what makes someone a great entrepreneur.

What will I learn?

You will be introduced to the world of small businesses and will look at what makes someone a successful business person. You will find out how to develop an idea and spot an opportunity, and turn that into a successful business. You will understand how to make a business effective and manage money. You will also see how the world around us affects small businesses and all the people involved. You will become skilled in making decisions, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of team.

How will I be taught?

You will have interactive classroom based lessons which encourage independent work as well as collaborative and investigative work in order to enhance your learning. You will be expected to work towards clear objectives and deadlines to ensure that your learning is the best it can be.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be on-going throughout the whole course to make sure you are maximising your potential and you are well prepared for your final exams. Regular tests will allow you to practise exam-style questions and improve your understanding of the course.

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

You will achieve a GCSE in Business Studies.

What can this qualification lead to afterwards?

This course provides the opportunity to take up a new subject relevant to many careers from being self-employed to working in a small or large organisation. The course is of value to anyone with an interest in business or possibly an ambition to start a business one day and supports applications to a business-related profession such as accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry.

Post-16 Progression

Those achieving a good grade in GCSE Business can progress post-16 to either A-Level Business or BTEC Level 3 Business. Both of these courses support applications to University level study in Business, Management and Finance.

How much homework will I have to do?

There will be one piece of homework set per week, but you are also expected to work independently to develop your knowledge and understanding of Business Studies.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

Speak to any member of the Business Studies Department.


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