Business & Economics - GCSE

Why study Business Studies?

Business Studies is not just a theory-based subject, it is about real life. It will help you to learn about businesses and the way they operate in today's society. You will investigate businesses in your local area. You will gain skills which will be useful in a wide range of jobs, in the further study of Business Studies and in your personal life.

At Carre's Grammar School GCSE Business Studies is a modular course, which has been designed to provide an investigative approach to Business Studies, encouraging candidates to study their local business environment. It provides a sound basis for candidates to progress either directly to employment or to proceed to further qualifications.

Candidates must take four units of assessment, three externally examined units (available at Foundation and Higher Tier) and a coursework unit. The specification covers a balanced range of topics. 'Business Organisation' is assessed through Unit 1 (external examination) and Unit 2 (coursework assignment). 'Business in its Environment' is assessed through Unit 3 (external examination). 'Business Processes' is assessed through Unit 4, an external examination based on a pre-released case study scenario. It draws together knowledge from the whole specification to look at the processes behind making business decisions.

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Students complete four modules. Three of them will be tested through examination papers and one will be tested through coursework. Each module is worth 25% of overall result. There are two levels of entry for the examination papers: Foundation and Higher.

Module 1 – Business Organisation

(1 hour 15 minutes - Written Exam)

Students answer four questions based on a business scenario. Some questions will need short answers and some will need longer pieces of writing.

Module 2 – Coursework

Students carry out an investigation into a business situation. It will involve about 10/20 hours of work.

Module 3 – The Business in its Environment

(1 hour 15 minutes - Written Exam)

Students answer two questions based on a business scenario. Some questions will need short answers and some will need longer pieces of writing.

Module 4 – Business Processes

(1 hour 15 minutes - Written Exam)

Students will be given a pre-released Case Study based on a business scenario which they will have time to study (in class) before the examination. The examination paper will be based on the Case Study. In the examination students will answer three questions, some of which will need short answers and some of which will need longer pieces of writing.