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“I taught in several schools and I was only blessed with sons but I firmly believe that if I had a daughter I would want her to go to this school because I am aware at first hand of the dedication of all of its staff to the care and education of the girls. This school does realise that it is precious cargo that it carries.” A former teacher


At Beverley High School we study GCSE Business using the Edexcel specification, which is divided into two themes:

In Year 10 students will study Theme 1: ‘Investigating Small Business’. This theme concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business and it provides a framework for students to explore core business concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business. Students will be introduced to local and national business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions. Students will develop an understanding of the interdependent nature of business activity through interactions between business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, as well as the relationship between the business and the environment in which it operates.

In Year 11 students will study Theme 2: ‘Building a Business’. This theme examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. Theme 2 also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows. In this theme, students will be introduced to global business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions Assessment

The content of the course will be assessed through two externally-examined papers in May/June 2020. Transferable Skills As well as giving students a broad overview of how the commercial world operates, GCSE Business develops the essential transferable skills that are important in further education and employment.

The course allows students opportunities to use and develop:

 Cognitive skills:non-routine problem solving and creativity; decision making and reasoning; analysing and reasoning skills; ICT literacy.  Interpersonal skills: communication; relationship-building skills; collaborative problem solving.  Intrapersonal skills: adaptability


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