Business Studies

There are currently three business related courses running:

  • Edexcel GCSE Business Studies
  • AQA Level 1/2 Preparation For Working Life
  • How to Get Your Dream Job

Below you will find details of each course and what it involves.


Unit 1: Introduction to Small Business

  • Compulsory unit
  • Externally assessed
  • Availability: June series

Overview of content

This unit contains five topics:

  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Showing enterprise
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the start-up effective
  • Understanding the economic context

Overview of assessment

  • External examination: 45 minutes
  • Compulsory multiple-choice and objective test questions with a total of 40 marks

Unit 2: Investigating Small Business

  • Compulsory unit
  • Externally assessed
  • Availability: June series

Overview of content

  • Same content as Unit 1

Overview of assessment

  • The unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.
  • Students complete one Edexcel-set task with a total of 40 marks.
  • Research/investigation – approximately two weeks of curriculum time (a maximum of six hours).
  • The task is internally marked by teachers and moderated by Edexcel

Unit 3: Building a Business

  • Compulsory unit for GCSE Business Studies pathway only
  • Externally assessed
  • Availability: June series

Overview of content

This unit contains five topics:

  • Marketing
  • Meeting customer needs
  • Effective financial management
  • Effective people management
  • The wider world affecting business

Overview of assessment

  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Students will be required to answer all questions from Sections A, B and C.
  • Questions will comprise of a combination of multiple-choice, short and extended answer, data response and scenario-based questions with a total of 90 marks


This course is an alternative to GCSE Business Studies

This course is aimed at pupils who would like to learn about the ‘World of Business’ through a practical approach rather than the traditional GCSE route.

This qualification will provide pupils with an insight into the ‘World of Business’, and business related career opportunities.  As this is a practical course, much of the work will be done through research and investigation of local and national businesses.  Guest speakers and visits to local businesses will be used where possible to make the course realistic and interesting.

Pupils will understand how businesses are set up and run and how they manage their finances. Pupils will have an understanding of career opportunities available post-16, with particular emphasis on business related jobs.  Pupils will gain practical experience in applying for jobs and interview skills.  They will also gain an understanding of what will be expected of them in the workplace.

It enables pupils to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and application across a range of topics including:

  • Economic and financial aspects of life
  • Applying for jobs and courses
  • The world of work
  • Personal awareness
  • Employment opportunities
  • Healthy lifestyles for work-life balance
  • Relationships and the difference between people
  • Personal safety and safeguarding
Summary of assessment: Student outcomes are graded (A*–G).

Paper 1  (1hr 45mins)

Written paper – calculator may be used.

This accounts for 70% of the AQA Level 1/2 Certificate in Preparation for Working Life

Paper 2  (1hr 15mins)

Written paper – non calculator

This accounts for 30% of the AQA Level 1/2 Certificate in Preparation for Working Life



The aim of this course is to give pupils an insight into the recruitment and selection process. It will give pupils a competitive advantage over other applicants when applying for jobs and being interviewed.  Pupils will be required to research and use ‘real-life’ jobs and scenarios to make the course realistic. Guest speakers including Human Resource specialists will be used to provide advice and guidance on applying for jobs and interview skills.

Pupils will:

  • Analyse their skills, strengths and weakness so they know themselves and what they are good at (self-analysis).
  • Research which jobs/careers would be suitable for them and why.
  • Understand the process of applying for jobs; understanding job advertisements, drafting a CV and covering letter, interview skills.
  • Pupils will understand the skills and qualities which employers are looking for and how they can make their application stand out.
  • Understand the importance of personal finance; budgeting and managing their money.  Understanding their bank statement and pay slip.

By the end of the course pupils should have a much greater awareness of their strengths and areas for development.  Pupils will understand the recruitment and selection process and the importance of using their time effectively in and out of school to create an impressive CV.  Pupils will draw up a detailed Career Plan to help them achieve their ‘dream job’.

Pupils will appreciate the importance of employability skills such as teamwork, problem solving and communication skills, all of which are vital skills sought by employers.

An excellent course for this pupils wishing to get ‘one step ahead’ and be fully prepared for the world of work!