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Key Stage 4

Students will examine business objectives, marketing, finance, production and growth. They will research business behaviour in the local community, national and international contexts. The course requires a substantial amount of reading and writing.

In Year 9 the focus of the year is on Melksham businesses. This will mean visits to local firms such as Boomerangs and Christie Miller. Students will be working in groups to produce reports on various aspects of business. They will also be encouraged to be enterprising so they can run their own mini-businesses. The Christmas market and summer fete are ideal opportunities to test their selling skills.

In Years 10 and 11, more practical skills of GCSE will be introduced and the emphasis will shift to exam technique. At the end of Year 11 students will sit two exams based on the topics taught in years 9, 10 and 11. The course also aims to fully integrate the use of information technology into Business Studies.

An appreciation of the business world is necessary for students aspiring to any career, and especially one in industry, banking or other professions. Developing the ability to use computers with confidence and accuracy will provide a sound foundation in a world which is increasingly dominated by information technology.

Units covered throughout the 3 year course:business 1fin

Enterprise – Spotting a Business Opportunity
Setting up a business
Making an Effective Start-up
Understanding Customers
Effective Financial Management
Effective People Management
The Economy
The Wider World

Skills needed:

  • Good levels of Literacy
  • Good levels of Maths
  • Good Team working skills
  • Good organisation skills
  • Good communication skills

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GCSE Business Studies
Exam Board: Edexcel https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/business-2017.html

100% examination
(Consisting of 2 external exams to be taken in Year 11)

Useful Websites

OCR GCSE Business Studies

Business Studies Online

BBC GCSE Bitesize - Business

The White Horse Federation

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