Business Studies

Miss Lavin  


Business Studies

Year 11

Unit 1: Introduction to a Small Business

  • Worth 25% of final GCSE mark
  • Objective test- MCQs, completing tables, questions based on small business scenario, matching exercises.
  • Exam will be sat in summer of year 11

Unit 2: Controlled Assessment

  • Worth 25% of final GCSE mark
  • 5 questions based on each of the sub sections of Unit 1 set by Edexcel
  • 6 hours of research time- light supervision. This can be done in or outside the classroom. 
  • 3 hours of write up time – this is done in school under controlled conditions.

Unit 3: Building a Business

  • Worth 50% of final GCSE mark
  • Sat in summer of Year 11
  • Range of questions – MCQs, short answer questions, long answer questions
  • In year 10 and 11, you will be given many past paper questions to help you improve your exam technique

What is Business Studies about?

Why do supermarkets give their customers loyalty cards?  Why do the shops always run out of the most popular toys at Christmas?  Why is Richard Branson so successful? How do shops work out what price to charge for their goods?


GCSE Business Studies will provide you with the answer to these questions and many others!

What topics will I learn?

Business Opportunity

You will look at a range of real business and try to identify the factors that have allowed them to be successful. Is it the product they sell, their location or something else?


This section focuses on identifying and satisfying customer needs in a changing and competitive environment.

Human Resources

This section looks at people in organizations and what makes workers motivated.


This section focuses on the use of accounting and financial information as an aid to decision-making.


Is there any Controlled Assessment?


You will complete one piece of controlled assessment this will be a mixture of research in and out of school. It is worth 25% of your final grade and you will produce your report on the computer. All the computer work will be done in school under controlled conditions.

Year 10

Year 10 are following the new specification with EDEXCEL for first teaching in 2017.


There are two papers


Theme 1

Investigating small businesses: Written examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes worth 50% of the total mark.



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

Theme 2

Building a business: Written examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes worth 50% of the total mark.



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

Both papers are a mix of calculations, multiple choice questions, short answer and extended writing questions.  In both papers there will be questions based upon business contexts given in the paper.