Business Studies Curriculum

Business Studies runs for Year 10 - 13 students.

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Year 10 Edexcel GCSE Business Studies (9-1)

Autumn/Spring Term

Theme 1: Investigating small business (*Paper code: 1BS0/01)

Theme 1 comprises five topic areas:

  • Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship – students are introduced to the dynamic nature of business in relation to how and why business ideas come about. They also explore the impact of risk and reward on business activity and the role of entrepreneurship.
  • Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity – students will explore how new and small businesses identify opportunities through understanding customer needs and conducting market research. They will also focus on understanding the competition.
  • Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice – this topic focuses on making a business idea happen through identifying aims and objectives and concentrating on the financial aspects.
  • Topic 1.4 Making the business effective – students will explore a range of factors that impact on the success of the business, including location, the marketing mix and the business plan.
  • Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business – students are introduced to a range of factors, many of which are outside of the immediate control of the business, such as stakeholders, technology, legislation and the economy. Students will explore how businesses respond to these influences.

Assessment overview for theme 1 (exam summer 2019)

The paper is divided into three sections:

Section A: 35 marks

Section B: 30 marks

Section C: 25 marks.

The paper will consist of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions. Questions in Sections B and C will be based on business contexts given in the paper.

Internal Common Assessment: Yes; in class assessment.
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: Yes

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Year 11 GCSE Business Studies (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
Topic 3.1: Marketing
This topic examines the meaning of the term ‘marketing’, how market research can be collected, interpreted and used to make decisions, how businesses can break down sales into product trials and repeat purchases and how the product life cycle, product portfolio analysis and the Boston Matrix can be used to analyse a business’s products, the importance of branding and differentiation in gaining a competitive advantage and how the marketing mix can be successfully managed.

Topic 3.2: Meeting customer needs
This topic considers the effects of design and research and development on product differentiation and meeting customer satisfaction, how stock control can be managed effectively, the methods used to keep productivity up and costs and prices down to allow business to be competitive, how effective customer service can be achieved and the effects of legislation on business.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: No

Spring Term
Topic 3.3: Effective financial management
This topic examines how to improve cash flow and profit, analyses break-even charts and their use, considers how changes in price and costs can affect the break-even point and examines the different internal and external sources of finance that are available to businesses to finance growth.

Topic 3.4: Effective people management
This topic examines how organisational structure of a business can be reflected in an organisational chart, the importance of organisational structures, how different businesses have different structures, the factors that affect motivation at work and how these relate to theories such as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the impact of effective and poor communication in organisations, the barriers to effective communication and the various methods used to remunerate people and the effect that different payment systems can have on employees and organisations.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: No

Summer Term
Topic 3.5: The wider world affecting business
This topic considers how the wider world affects business. It examines the meaning and nature of ethics in business and the trade-off between ethics and profit , how businesses are by environmental issues and controls, how income differentials can affect international trade and the ways in which export and import controls, legislation, regulation and taxation affect international trade and businesses.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Field Trips/Visits: No

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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business

Year 12

Autumn –Summer Term

Unit 1 Exploring Business

In this introductory unit, learners study the purposes of different businesses, their structure, the effect of the external environment, and how they need to be dynamic and innovative to survive. Students will gain an overview of the key ingredients for business success, how businesses are organised, how they communicate, the characteristics of the environment in which they operate, and how this shapes them and their activities. Students will also look at the importance of innovation and enterprise to the success and survival of businesses, with the associated risks and benefits.

Assessment: This unit is assessed by three unit assignments and marked internally.
Field Trips/Visits: Yes

Autumn –Summer Term

Unit 2 Developing a Marketing Campaign

Learners will gain skills relating to, and an understanding of, how a marketing campaign is developed. Marketing is a dynamic field central to the success of any business. Students will gain an understanding of how a marketing campaign is developed. They will also explore different stages of the process that a business goes through when developing its campaign and develop their own campaign for a given product/service..

Assessment: This unit is assessed under supervised conditions. Part A is released two weeks before Part B is scheduled for learners to carry out research. Part B is a supervised assessment of three hours taken in a single session during the two-day period timetabled by Pearson. The assessment is set and marked by Pearson. The number of marks for the unit is 70.
Field Trips/Visits: Yes

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Year 13

Autumn – Spring Term

Unit 3 Personal and Business Finance

Learners study the purpose and importance of personal and business finance. They will develop the skills and knowledge needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information. Personal finance involves the understanding of why money is important and how managing your money can help prevent future financial difficulties. This unit will also give students an insight into where you can get financial advice and support. The business finance aspects of the unit introduce students to accounting terminology, the purpose and importance of business accounts and the different sources of finance available to businesses. Planning tools, such as cash flow forecasts and break-even, will be prepared and analysed. Measuring the financial performance of a business will require you to prepare and analyse statements of comprehensive income and statements of financial position.

Assessment: This unit is assessed by a written examination set by Pearson. The examination will be two hours in length. The number of marks for the examination is 100. (Section A contains questions on the personal finance unit content and approximately one-third of the marks, and Section B contains questions on the business finance unit content and approximately two-thirds of the marks).
Field Trips/Visits: Yes

Unit 14 Investigating Customer Service

Learners will study how excellent customer service contributes to business success. The unit gives learners the opportunity to develop their customer service skills. In this unit students will learn that attracting new customers costs a business more than keeping existing customers, so it is important to keep existing customers happy. They will investigate how a business can do this by building relationships with internal and external customers and giving them excellent service that exceeds their needs and expectations.

Assessment: This unit is assessed by two unit assignments and marked internally.
Field Trips/Visits: Yes

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