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Business Studies

Course description 

The course offered is AQA GCSE Business 8132

Ideal for those students who are keen to understand and are interested in the world of commerce, finance and entrepreneurship. Business will allow students to develop the knowledge and skills to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions - all skills that are needed for further study and employment.

Course structure 

The course consists of six units

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on Business
  • Business operations
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Finance
Key Stage 4 

Assessment

Paper 1:  Influences of operations and HRM on business activity.

What is assessed

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Business operations
  • Human resources

How it is assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 90 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

  • Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks
  • Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks
  • Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks

Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity

What is assessed

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Marketing
  • Finance

How it is assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 90 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

  • Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks
  • Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks
  • Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks

 

What you can do to help

It would be really helpful if you could show an interest in what you child is studying in class. In particular, from time to time look at the work covered in their exercise book and , where possible, try to ensure that they make a good effort with the homework set. There are several programmes on the television that provide very useful background for this subject; the well known examples are "The Apprentice" and "Dragon's Den", but there are others too which involve looking at the world of business. It would be useful if you could allow and encourage your child to watch these programmes. Finally, linear assessment means that the final weeks of Year 11 will be crucial for the thorough revision that your son/daughter will need to undertake to achieve success in the two end-of-course exams.

When will parents be informed of problems

If a student causes concern by failing to meet homework tasks based on the research and data collection schedule, parents will be informed via email or phone in the first instance.

Specialist materials and costs

Students must have a calculator and it would be helpful if students have access to a computer and printing paper at home.