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Year 10 Curriculum Information - Business Studies
Examination Board


Is this the right subject for me?

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 real and relevant local and international brands

Then the GCSE Business course is the right subject for you.

It doesn't matter if you haven't studied business prior to taking this course. You might have an interest in business, and want to start your own business one day. You may have an enquiring mind and be interested in learning about the world around you, how businesses are set up, and what it is that makes someone a great entrepreneur. This course will help you to understand all this and more.

What will I learn?

You'll start by exploring thr world of small businesses through the lens of an entrepreneur. How and why do business ideas come about? What makes a successful business? You'll learn how to develop an idea, spot an opportunity and turn it into a successful business. You will understand how to make a business effective, manage money and see how the world around us affects small business and all the people involved.

Home learning

Home learning is set for each of the topics above and marked in line with the whole school policy. Students will get structured feedback/grade on work submitted. If students do not submit work in line with their target grade they are expected to resubmit it.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification will be assessed in two equally weighted exam papers at the end of the 2nd year. There is no coursework.

  • Paper 1: Investigating Small Business - 90 minute exam & 50% of the total GCSE.
  • Paper 2: Building a Business - 90 minute exams & 50% of the total GCSE
What can I do after I've completed the course?

After this qualification you'll understand the world of business and have developed skills in:

  • Making decisions and developing persuasive arguments
  • Creative and practical problem solving
  • Understanding data, finance and communication

It's also a great step preparing you for further and higher education such as A-levels and BTEC Courses. A GCSE Business course could help prepare you for an entrepreneurial role and help you to gain an understanding of what is involved in a business-related profession, like accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry.

Special requirements for this course

You wil require literacy and numeracy skills for GCSE Business as well as an interest in business. Note that you will have to do 15% maths related questions in the exams.

Sixth form opportunities

Students who complete the qualification and attain a minimum of a grade B may progress onto the GCE Advanced Level in Business and/or Economics at Hollyfield. Students also have the option of doing the Level 3 BTEC Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Progression and career opportunities
  • Study at advanced level and beyond
  • Banking and Finance
  • Law
  • Accountancy
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Logistics / Resource control and management
  • Event Management
  • Business Start-Up
  • Teaching
  • Any public sector, private sector or chairty organisation will require business awareness and skills

There is no setting in business, the groups are taught in mixed ability

Reading List

Students are expected to keep up to date UK Business and Economy through news programmes, documentaries and newspapers

Useful links

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