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GCSE Business Studies

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Through our GCSE Business Studies specification students learn about how businesses start up, resources they need, marketing, finance, challenges they face and how they grow. Students also explore the role of stakeholders groups that have an interest in a business as well as human resources, the recruitment and selection process, and the value of training and motivation for employees.

Important new topics include the role of social enterprise, e-business and m-business, discovering how businesses can use electronic and mobile technology in different ways. Students also learn to apply useful skills such as proposing business strategies or solutions, understanding other viewpoints and justifying decisions.

A qualification in Business Studies can lead to a career in accounting, advertising, banking, retail, management consulting, marketing, research, human resources, a small business, or self-employment as an entrepreneur.

Assessment is through two written exams, each worth 40% of the final mark, and a controlled assessment unit worth 20%.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in Business Studies is unitised, so its possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has three units:

  • Unit 1: Starting a Business
  • Unit 2: Developing a Business
  • Unit 3: Planning a Business.

(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Related Circulars

Controlled Assessment Task (S/IF/39/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 August 2018

Statement of Financial Position (S/IF/24/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 05 June 2018

GCSE Business Studies (S/IF/31/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 09 August 2018

Unit 3: Controlled Assessment Conducting the Controlled Assessment Booklet A (S/IF/46/19)
(PDF), Last Updated: 09 September 2019

Accessing Booklet B: Controlled Assessment Task (S/IF/72/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 03 December 2018

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Controlled Assessment

In this specification Unit 3: Planning a Business is a controlled assessment unit. In it, students complete Booklet A: Planning and Booklet B: Communicate Findings.

Further advice on assessment and completing the Controlled Assessment Task
(PPT), Last Updated: 21 November 2018

Guidance on Completing and Marking Booklet A
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 August 2017

Guidance on the Presentation of Unit 3
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2018

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