GCSE (9-1) Business Studies
GCSE Business Studies (Legacy specification: Current Year 11 only)
Over the years the department has achieved many successes and we are proud to say we achieve better results than the national average at GCSE. We have five teachers in our department who embrace new innovative techniques and frequently update our teaching methods to help raise standards and encourage more progress in our pupils.
Above all our aim is to bring History to life by making lessons interesting, enjoyable and accessible to all. Along the way we hope pupils will gain in confidence and learn to tolerate and understand different views and opinions whilst having fun!
Key Stage 3
- What is History?
- The story of Britain up to 1066
- The Norman Conquest
- Heaven & hell and the crusades
- The struggle between church & crown – King Henry ll & King John
- Life in Medieval Britain
- Knights, heraldry & Warwick Castle
- Who were the Tudors?
- How did Britain build an empire?
- Mughal India 1526-1857
- Indian Independence and the end of an empire
- Great Britain and the Industrial Revolution
- Britain and America’s involvement in the slave trade
- The USA in the 20th Century – Civil Rights in the USA
- The causes of World War One.
- Life in the trenches during the First World War
- The peace settlement and the rise of the dictators
- The Holocaust
- World War Two and the wartime leadership of Winston Churchill
- The USA in the 20th Century – Overview of the Cold War
- The assassination of JFK
- Terrorism in the 20th Century
Key Stage 4
|Paper One (50%)||
|Paper Two (50%)||
|Short (depth study), taught through Elizabethan England and Conflict in Korea/Vietnam; students are to understand the complexity of a society or historical situation and the interplay of different aspects, for example: social, political, religious, technological, military etc. Medium (period study), taught through Germany; students are to understand the main developments and characteristics of a 50 year time span.|
Long (thematic), taught through Medicine Through Time; the study of significant characteristics of different ages to understand change and continuity.
Current Programme of Study
The reformed 9-1 GCSE has the following programme of study:
- Year 10- Investigating small business.
- Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship.
- Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity.
- Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice.
- Topic 1.4 Making the business effective.
- Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business.
Year 11- Building a business.
Topic 2.1 Growing the business.
Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions.
Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions.
Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions
Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions
The legacy GCSE (A*-G) has the following programme of study:
- Unit 1 Introduction to Small Business.
- Unit 2 Investigating Small Business.
- Unit 3 Building a Business.
How will they be assessed?
Edexcel 9-1 GCSE
Year 10: End of topic tests (mid-year progress checks) and a mock examination in June
Year 11: End of topic tests (mid-year progress checks) and two formal Summer examinations (50% per paper)
Paper 1: Investigating small business. 1hr 30 mins (90 marks). 50% of overall grade.
Paper 2: Building a business. 1hr 30 mins (90 marks). 50% of overall grade.
Legacy A*-G GCSE (Current Year 11 only)
Unit 1: Introduction to Small Business. 45 mins (40 marks). 25% of overall grade.
Unit 2 Investigating Small Business. Controlled Assessment task, completed and marked internally (40 marks). 25% of overall grade.
Unit 3 Building a Business. 1hr 30mins (90 marks). 50% of overall grade.
Current Examination Board(s)
Link to the syllabus, examination board page and past papers:
Recommended resources/websites/apps/revision guides
Edexcel 9-1 GCSE
We are currently using the following resources: