Business subjects encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. Courses should prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11 - Exam Board Edexcel

The Business Studies GCSE consists of 3 units. Units 1 and 3 are exams that are sat in the summer of Year 11. Unit 1 consists of compulsory multiple-choice and objective test questions with a total of 40 marks. Unit 3 is a full written response paper, requiring students to demonstrate knowledge and application and the ability to analyse and evaluate in a number of case study scenarios and is marked out of 90. Unit 2 is a piece of controlled assessment that is marked out of 40, where the students write a research report about an independent business of their choice on a set task issued by the exam board.

Unit weighting: Unit 1 – 25%, Unit 2 – 25%, Unit 3 – 50%

Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13 - Exam Board Edexcel

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Business is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers.

Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.

Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.