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Business Studies

GCSE Business Studies

Course Length

One year.

Business Studies at GCSE offers a comprehensive introduction to all the main areas of modern business practice, enabling students to gain an understanding of the business world through real-life case studies as well as of the theoretical principles that lie behind it

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The Specification

The aims of this specification are to:

  • encourage candidates to be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study
  • allow candidates to gain an insight into related sectors such as economics and accounting
  • prepare candidates to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices
  • appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities.


Business 1 Unseen exam 50%
Business 2 Unseen exam 50%

Course Content

The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of the internal and external environment in which business activity takes place, the nature and objectives of the groups involved and the relevant organisations. Students should develop knowledge and understanding of the language, concepts and techniques of business.

The subject encourages clear thinking and expression. Students will need to be able to write confidently in English and to commit a wide range of technical vocabulary to memory.

GCSE Business Studies is an excellent preparation for the study of the subject at A level (or the related subjects of Economics, Accounts and ICT) and introduces many of the syllabus areas and techniques involved.

Reading List

Author Title Publisher
Mike Schofield and Alan Williams OCR GCSE (9-1) Business Student Book Hodder Education

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