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KS4 Business Studies

Key Stage 4 Course Information Page

Course Name : Business Studies (Pearson/Edexcel GCSE)

What is the qualification?

One full GCSE awarded at grades 9 – 1.


What will I be doing on the course? How will it be structured?

This course is a broad-based qualification providing a practical introduction to business. This qualification will encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. The GCSEs should prepare students tomake informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

The course is made up of three main parts:

Unit 1 – externally examined – 25% of overall GCSE

This unit contains five topics:

• Spotting a business opportunity

• Showing enterprise

• Putting a business idea into practice

• Making the start-up effective

• Understanding the economic context

Unit 2 – Controlled assessment – 25% of overall GCSE

You will be provided with a scenario where you have 10 hours to collate research in order to produce a report. You will have 5 hours to produce the final report.

Unit 3 – externally examined – 50% of overall GCSE

This unit contains five topics:

• Marketing

• Meeting customer needs

• Effective financial management

• Effective people management

• The wider world affecting business

This GCSE qualification in business studies enables students to actively engage in the study of business to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

The course is taught using up to date case studies to encourage an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions and to build arguments and make informed judgements. Trips and guest speakers are used to develop and allow student apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.


The table below indicates the school terms in which the assessments will take place:

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 10in class testN/AIn class test
Year 11In class testMock examination
(theory and practical)
and controlled assessment
Terminal examination
(theory and practical)
and controlled assessment

What skills do I need to develop to be successful at this course?

To be successful at this course, you need to have at least level 5 in ICT and English from KS3 and have competent skills in the software applications mentioned above. You must have good organisational skills in order to meet deadlines and you must be able to carry out research effectively. A genuine interest in business and how ICT impacts business communications is expected.

What could I use this qualification for?

This course supports progression to study further in business related courses at post sixteen. You can go on to study A Level Business or study a vocational course which is equivalent to A levels such as the BTEC Level 3 Award in Business.