Business Studies

GCSE Business Studies

Business Studies is a diverse and exciting subject which provides challenge and a practical focus.  Students have the opportunity to It allows students to explore the wide range of segments which make up the world of business.  In addition to the study of the business theory, students have the opportunity to develop skills in problem-solving and team work.  Students study OCR GCSE Business Studies (J253)

Year 9
Students have the opportunity to embark on a GCSE qualification in Business Studies.  The course starts with the study of Business and People.  It looks at the need for business activity, the structure of the business and the different types of ownership. Students will then have the opportunity to look at employment and retention.  They will consider key questions such as ‘What motivates people?’, ‘How do companies retain their staff?’, ‘Why are staff a valuable asset?’ The topic of the workforce is developed through the study of the organisation and communication, here students will have the opportunity to look at the functional areas of the business and analyse and discuss how and why work patterns for business and employees are changing. 

This unit is worth 25% of the overall qualification and is examined in a one hour exam at the end of Year 11.

Year 10
Marketing and Enterprise is the focus for this year.  Students have the opportunity to investigate the Marketing Mix.  They will look at market research and the role it plays in in the development of products.  Students will understand SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis in a marketing context.  Marketing in the wider business environment will allow students to develop knowledge and understanding of customer service, e-commerce and ethical issues.

Year 10 is assessed through controlled assessment which is worth 25% of the final grade.

Year 11
Production, finance and the external business environment make up the final module, this is an examined module and worth 50% of the final grade.  The module is set around a case study giving the students the opportunity to prepare for this exam.  They will look at the methods and costs of production.  Following on from this they will have the chance to explore the financial aspects of business.  The final aspect of the course looks at the Government and UK economy and also at the effect that Globalisation has on UK Business.

Useful Websites:

Philippa Hall – Head of Business, ICT and Computing
Simon Abbotts – Business Teacher and Head of Year 9
Mark Ward – Business Teacher