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Business Studies

Introduction to the Subject & Team

Mr R Rhodes
Mr Robert Rhodes
(rrhodes@ossettacademy.co.uk)
Curriculum Team Leader for Business, IT, Media, Economics & Computer Science

 

The BICTE faculty is staffed by a supportive, creative and imaginative team of teachers, led by Mr R Rhodes.

Our vision is to ensure all students reach their potential across the host of subjects on offer in the BICTE faculty. This can be through the use of practical, taught and real life experience. Students will be supported throughout their learning journey by caring, supportive teachers who will guide them towards success.

 

Course Content at Key Stage 4

Theme 1: Investigating small business (*Paper code: 1BS0/01)

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes, 50% of the qualification, 90 marks

Content overview

  • 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

Assessment overview

The paper is divided into three sections:

Section A: 35 marks

Section B: 30 marks

Section C: 25 marks.

The paper will consist of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions. Questions in Sections B and C will be based on business contexts given in the paper.

Calculators may be used in the examination.

 

Theme 2: Building a business (Paper code: 1BS0/02)

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes, 50% of the qualification, 90 marks

Content overview

  • 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

Assessment overview

The paper is divided into three sections:

Section A: 35 marks

Section B: 30 marks

Section C: 25 marks.

The paper will consist of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions. Questions in Sections B and C will be based on business contexts given in the paper.

Calculators may be used in the examination.

 

Career Opportunities and Progression within the Subject

The key skills gained through completing GCSE Business Studies, such as analysing and applying theory, will be readily transferrable to many post 16 courses but the course acts as a particularly good stepping stone to A-level Business Studies. Due to the broad nature of the subject, students who have studied Business Studies at A-level and degree level go on to undertake a wide variety of job roles. Some examples of jobs which Economics students may progress towards include: accountancy, marketing, management, banking or managing your own business.

 

How Parents Can Support Learning

Children will have a wide range of resources available on the academy network for you to review and provide support. It would also be helpful to encourage your child, if possible, to practise the skills that have been developed in their lessons. During exam season, help them to create a revision timetable which includes specific revision activities to complete.

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