Curriculum
GCSE Business

Current Year 9s and Year 10s – Business
If you enjoy:
• communicating and explaining your ideas
• thinking creatively and making decisions
• working with numbers to solve business problems
• learning about the world of business through research and investigation, as well as through practical tasks then the new GCSE Business course is the right subject for you.

What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t studied business prior to taking this course. You might have an interest in business, and want to start your own business one day. You may have an enquiring mind and be interested in learning about the world around you, how businesses are set up, and what it is that makes someone a great entrepreneur. This course will help you to understand all this and more.

What will I learn?
While studying the two units of this course you are likely to learn a lot of new things. You will be introduced to the world of small businesses and will look at what makes someone a successful business person. You will find out how to develop an idea and spot an opportunity, and turn that into a successful business. You will understand how to make a business effective and manage money. You will also see how the world around us affects small businesses and all the people involved.

The route you choose to follow will determine what you learn.

GCSE in Business 
You will learn more about how small businesses are developed and discover how businesses promote themselves and keep their customers happy. You will learn how businesses manage both their finances and the people who work for them.

Current Year 11

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What can I do after I’ve completed the course?
No matter which route you follow all these business courses can help you prepare for further and higher education such as AS/A2 Levels and BTEC and NVQ courses. You will become skilled in making decisions, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of team. A GCSE Business course could lead to work in a business-related profession such as accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry.

Business Studies Bitesize:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpsvr82

Business Education website:
http://www.businessed.co.uk/

Tutor2u Business Studies
http://www.tutor2u.net/business

Revision Videos:
https://revisionvideos.com/subjects/business-studies

Mr Abbas’s GCSE Business Edexcel website :
https://sites.google.com/a/unity-college.com/gcse-business-studies—edexcel/

 

New GCSE Business 2017

Year 9 & Year 10 – Business (9-1)

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.

Theme 1: Investigating small business
Overview
Theme 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business.

In this theme, students will be introduced to local and national business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions.

Local contexts refer specifically to small businesses or those operating in a single UK location and national contexts relate to businesses operating in more than one location or across the UK.

Students must develop an understanding of the interdependent nature of business activity through interactions between business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, as well as the relationship between the business and the environment in which it operates. Students must understand how these interdependencies and relationships underpin business decisions.

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Content
Theme 1 comprises five topic areas.
● Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship – students are introduced to the dynamic nature of business in relation to how and why business ideas come about. They also explore the impact of risk and reward on business activity and the role of entrepreneurship.
● Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity – students will explore how new and small businesses identify opportunities through understanding customer needs and conducting market research. They will also focus on understanding the competition.
● Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice – this topic focuses on making a business idea happen through identifying aims and objectives and concentrating on the financial aspects.
● Topic 1.4 Making the business effective – students will explore a range of factors that impact on the success of the business, including location, the marketing mix and the business plan.
● Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business – students are introduced to a range of factors, many of which are outside of the immediate control of the business, such as stakeholders, technology, legislation and the economy. Students will explore how businesses respond to these influences.

Theme 2: Building a business
Overview
Theme 2 examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. Theme 2 also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows.

In this theme, students will be introduced to national and global business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions.

National contexts build on those in Theme 1 and relate to businesses operating in more than one location or across the UK. Global contexts relate to non-UK or transnational businesses. Students must develop an understanding of the interdependent nature of business activity through interactions between business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, as well as the relationship between the business and the environment in which it operates.

Students must understand how these functional areas influence business activity and how interdependencies and relationships between them underpin business decisions. Teaching approaches to the content must reflect this.

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Content
Theme 2 comprises five topic areas.
● Topic 2.1 Growing the business – students are introduced to methods of growth and how and why business aims and objectives change as businesses evolve. The impact of globalisation and the ethical and environmental questions facing businesses are explored.
● Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions – students will explore how each element of the marketing mix is managed and used to inform and make business decisions in a competitive marketplace.
● Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions – this topic focuses on meeting customer needs through the design, supply, quality and sales decisions a business makes.
● Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions – students will explore the tools a business has to support financial decision making, including ratio analysis and the use and limitation of a range of financial information.
● Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions – growing a business means that decisions relating to organisational structure, recruitment, training and motivation need to be made to influence business activity. These aspects are considered in this final topic.

What can I do after I’ve completed the course?
No matter which route you follow all these business courses can help you prepare for further and higher education such as AS/A2 Levels and BTEC and NVQ courses. You will become skilled in making decisions, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of team. A GCSE Business course could lead to work in a business-related profession such as accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry.

Business Studies Bitesize:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpsvr82

Business Education website:
http://www.businessed.co.uk/

Tutor2u Business Studies
http://www.tutor2u.net/business

Revision Videos:
https://revisionvideos.com/subjects/business-studies

Mr Abbas’s New GCSE Business (2017) website:
https://sites.google.com/a/unity-college.com/new-gcse-business-studies-2017/

Any parents or students who would like more information about the above courses should contact Mr Abbas.