• Investigate a range of different business organisations
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of business processes
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of how businesses organisations are organised staffed, financed and controlled
  • Apply business knowledge to current issues in the economy

How the Course is organised:

  • Your Edexcel GCSE Business course is made up of 2 Themes to be studied over 3 years
  • In Year 9 you will cover Business ‘basics’ and start Theme 1
  • In Year 10 you will complete Theme 1
  • In Year 11 you will complete Theme 2



Course Content:

Within the course you will learn about:

Theme 1: Investigating small businesses

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • How entrepreneurs spot business opportunities
  • How businesses are created to meet customer wants and needs
  • The types of businesses in our economy
  • How a business is structured
  • Where businesses obtain their finance
  • How businesses manage costs and revenue
  • How businesses market themselves
  • The procedures businesses use for employing staff
  • How economic conditions like taxation and interest rates affect a business

Theme 2: Building a business

  • How and why businesses grow
  • Changes in business aims and objectives
  • Globalisation
  • Business ethics
  • Marketing decisions – the marketing mix and product lifecycle
  • Operational decisions
  • Working with suppliers
  • Managing quality
  • Making financial decisions
  • Using business data for decision making
  • Making human resource decisions
  • Organisational structures
  • The recruitment process

Skills you will develop:

  • Research skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Oral and written communication skills


You will be assessed as follows:

  • Theme 1: Investigating Small Business (50% - written examination in Year 11)
  • Theme 2: Building a Business (50% written examination in Year 11)

Homework Expectations:

Homework will be set weekly to reinforce the work covered in class or to explore further business topics through research tasks.

Using ICT Support Learning:

You will be encouraged to use ICT for research tasks, presentation and analysis.

Essential Equipment:

You will be expected to have a pen, a green pen, highlighters, a pencil, a ruler and a calculator in class.

How best to support your daughter in this subject:

  • Discuss the issues raised in the lesson with your daughter
  • If you are working, discuss with her the work of such departments as Human Resources, Marketing and Finance
  • Monitor homework and coursework

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