Business Studies

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Business Studies GCSE: Edexcel

What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?

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.

 

What will I learn?

While studying the first two units of this course you are likely to learn a lot of new things. You will be introduced to the world of small businesses and will look at what makes someone a successful business person. You will find out how to develop an idea and spot an opportunity, and turn that into a successful business. You will understand how to make a business effective and manage money. You will also see how the world around us affects small businesses and all the people involved.

 

Theme 1: Investigating small business

This element of the course counts towards 50% of the qualification, with a written examination consisting of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions.

 

The content covered will include:

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the business effective
  • Understanding external influences on business

 

Theme 2: Building a business

This element of the course counts towards 50% of the qualification, with a written examination consisting of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions.

 

The content covered will include:

  • Growing the business
  • Making marketing decisions
  • Making operational decisions
  • Making financial decisions
  • Making human resource decisions

 

What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

Business courses can help you prepare for further and higher education such as AS/A2 Levels and BTEC and NVQ courses. You will become skilled in making decisions, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of team. A GCSE Business course could lead to work in a business-related profession such as accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry.