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Business Studies

Course description 

The course offered is OCR GCSE Business Studies J253

Course structure 

The course consists of three units

  • Business in the real world (page 9)
  • Influences on Business (page 13)
  • Business operations (page 16)
  • Human Resources (page 19)
  • Marketing (page 20)
  • finance (page 25)
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

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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

Changes from September 2017

From September 2017, GCSE Business Studies will become GCSE Business. The courses selected will lead directly on to the A- Level and uses a "linear" form of assessment.This means that students will complete the exams at the end of Year 11 and there will be no controlled assessment.

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. These days 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,the change to 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 phon in the first instance.

Specialist materials and costs

It would be helpful if students have access to a computer and printing paper