Business Studies

GCSE (9-1) Business Spec

GCSE (9-1) Business Spec

Qualification aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • Know and understand business concepts, business terminology, business objectives, the integrated nature of business activity and the impact of business on individuals and wider society.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding to contemporary business issues and to different types and sizes of businesses in local, national and global contexts.
  • Develop as enterprising individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively to demonstrate business acumen, and draw on evidence to make informed business decisions and solve business problems.
  • Develop as effective and independent students, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  • Use an enquiring, critical approach to make informed judgements.
  • Investigate and analyse real business opportunities and issues to construct well-argued, well-evidenced, balanced and structured arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of business.
  • Develop and apply quantitative skills relevant to business, including using and interpreting data.

Business contexts

Through studying this qualification students will:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding to different business contexts. These include businesses ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts.
  • Develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour.
  • Use business terminology to identify and explain business activity.
  • Apply business concepts to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Business decision making Through studying this qualification students will:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding to business decision making, including: o the interdependent nature of business activity, influences on business, business operations, finance, marketing and human resources; and how these interdependencies underpin business decision making o how different business contexts affect business decisions o the use and limitation of quantitative and qualitative data in making business decisions.
  • Develop problem-solving and decision-making skills relevant to business.
  • Investigate, analyse and evaluate business opportunities and issues.
  • Make justified decisions using both qualitative and quantitative data, including its selection, interpretation, analysis and evaluation, and the application of appropriate quantitative skills.

Schemes of Work 2018/2019

Year 10

Term 1 - 6

Year 10 - Educational Trip to Cadbury World

Year 10’s will be undertaking an educational trip to Cadbury world on Thursday 31st January 2019. (IA)

The trip supports work covered in GCSE Business Studies. Students will be listening to talks on production processes and marketing strategies. Students will be also able to develop their theories learnt in class into practical experience.

Posted: 16th Jan 2019



Foreword by Martin Lewis aka the Money Saving Expert 

It’s only money isn’t it? Well, no, actually. It’s far more important than that. I’ve spent 15 years campaigning on TV and online to get people to be better with their cash. Money isn’t just a financial issue, problems can infect every area of your life – your happiness, mental health, work, relationships and more. This isn’t intended to scare you, I just don’t intend to sugar coat it just because you’re still at school.

Of course, you likely already make money choices on a daily basis – such as picking your phone or buying a friend’s birthday present – and as you move into independence the decisions grow, whether you dream of getting a car, want to go to Uni, or getting your first job. Throughout all of these, the knowledge and attitudes you have about money will become even more important.

That’s what this textbook is about. It’s here to start you out on your journey towards financial literacy. While it won’t come close to teaching you all the answers you’ll need for life, it does cover many of the main ones. Yet even if all you picked up was to take money seriously, to read up and ask questions before big decisions, and gain the skills to do the numbers, it would leave me skipping like a little lamb (not a pleasant image I accept).

While some of your parents and guardians will be great with money – some won’t – and it’s important we level the playing field. That’s one reason I, and many others, campaigned for years to ensure we got financial education on the curriculum. Yet that alone isn’t enough. We live in one of the world’s most competitive economies, companies spend billions advertising, marketing and teaching their staff to sell, yet we don’t get any buyers training.

That needs to change. This textbook aims to make it easier for schools to ensure that every young person receives a high-quality financial education by the time they leave school. I hope you like it.

Martin Lewis