Course Level: GCSE
Exam Board: Edexcel
Specification link: Business
Entry requirements: 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.
The course is delivered over a period of three years. The focus for the first year is theme one which focuses on key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. This theme looks at business through the lens of an entrepreneur. Pupils will be introduced to business in the local and national context. Pupils will learn the importance of business context and how it influences business behaviour and decision making.
Theme two explores how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. There will be a focus on key concept used to grow a business with a focus on marketing, operations, finance and human resources. This theme introduces pupils to a global business context. Theme two will be delivered in in year two and year three.
The course will develop pupil’s ability to make justified business decisions using qualitative and quantitative data. Pupils have to do two external exams. Both exams contribute equally to the final qualification.
For more details, please see the Course Profile document.
After this qualification you’ll understand the world of business and have developed skills in:
- making decisions and developing persuasive arguments
- creative and practical problem solving
- understanding data, finance and communication.
It’s also a great step preparing you for further and higher education such as A levels and BTEC courses.
The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a study programme alongside other vocational qualifications or GCSE’s.
A GCSE Business course could help prepare you for an entrepreneurial role and help you to gain an understanding of what is involved in a business-related profession, like accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry.
Should pupils wish to study business further, this can lead to different opportunities within different sectors. Currently, the pathway can lead to accounting and finance apprenticeships. Pupils can also progress once they are on the job ladders. Opportunities are available in retail management, marketing, finance, consultancy and HR.