AQA GCSE Business Studies is divided into 3 units of work.
In Year 10 students will study Unit 1: ‘Setting up a Business’. This unit introduces candidates to issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business. It explores the activities of business and the reasons for success or failure. It encourages candidates to appreciate that businesses must operate within society and that this involves businesses engaging with a wide range of stakeholders who will hold differing perspectives. This unit will be assessed by an external written assessment and is worth 40% of students GCSE in Business Studies.
In Year 11 students will study Unit 2: ‘Growing as a Business’, which builds upon the content of Unit 1, allowing candidates to study businesses as they grow and the issues that expansion raises. This unit will be assessed by an external written assessment and is worth 35% of students GCSE in Business Studies.
In addition, Year 11 students will undertake a Controlled Assessment, which will involve investigating a small or new business start-up, which is worth 25% of students GCSE in Business Studies.
Throughout the course the following areas will be studied, both in relation to small and growing businesses:
GCSE Business Studies gives students a broad overview of how the commercial world operates, as well as developing the essential transferable that are important in further education and employment. The course allows students to develop:
GCSE Business Studies allows students the opportunity to take part in group work, presentations and independent projects.
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