Why Study Business Studies?
Business Studies provides students with a unique insight into the world of work. All businesses exist to provide goods and services to their customers and wealth for the economy. The GCSE examines how they are organised and the factors that make them successful. It offers an excellent foundation for those wishing to pursue careers in management, marketing, project management, business accounting, management consultancy, human resources, and business journalism as well as those interested in continuing on to further study.
Business Studies Curriculum
The progressive nature of the course encourages the development of holistic understanding of Business Studies. AQA GCSE Business Studies is split into 3 units and will be taught over 2 years.
Unit 1 - Setting up a Business
This unit accounts for 40% of the overall GCSE and is tested by a 60 mark 1 hour written exam. The unit introduces candidates to issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business. It explores the activities of business and the reasons for success or failure. It encourages candidates to appreciate that businesses must operate within society and that this involves businesses engaging with a wide range of stakeholders who will hold differing perspectives.
Unit 2 - Growing as a Business
This unit accounts for 35% of the overall GCSE and is tested by a 60 mark 1 hour written exam. This unit builds upon the content of Unit 1, allowing candidates to study businesses as they grow and the issues that expansion raises.
Unit 3 - Investigating Businesses
This unit is a controlled assessment unit and accounts for the remaining 25% of the GCSE. Students are required to investigate a small yet established local business and to identify areas for improvement within the business. Students then spend up to 3 hours writing up their findings and outlining their solutions to the identified problems. The work must be each candidate's own individual response and must be produced under controlled conditions.