Key Stage 4 Business Studies
It introduces the flexibility of achieving either one GCSE or Two GCSE (DoubleAward).
GCSE in Applied Business is a nationally recognised, qualification designed to provide you with a choice of routes into further education or employment. This course teaches the skills and knowledge (example of skills you will develop are communication, teamwork, leadership, presentation, interpersonal cognitive and computer skills) you need to follow a career in any industry.
SMSC - ICT & Business Studies
Key Course Aims
GCSE qualification in Applied Business is designed to:
- actively engage students in the study of business and to develop them as effective and independent learners, and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
- allow students to develop and apply their business knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
- enable students to appreciate the range of perspectives of different business stakeholders
- enable students to consider the extent to which business activity can be ethical and sustainable.
- help students develop valuable interpersonal skills (team working, communication, analytical and presentation skills).
The two year course is made up of four units: students will achieve one GCSE on completion of two units and 2 GCSES on completion of 4 units.
- Unit 1 - Investigating Business
This looks at what businesses do, how they compete, how businesses use IT and what the law says about businesses. This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions. Students are required to complete an Edexcel-set task with a total of 100 marks.
- Unit 2-Financial Records
This unit focuses on how businesses record financial transactions, make payments and keep records of how they are doing. This Unit is externally examined.
- Unit 3- Investigating People, Business and Change
This unit builds on the ‘people’ aspect of Unit 1 and looks at customer service, recruitment (including CVs and applying for jobs) as well as legal aspects affecting businesses. This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.
- Unit 4- Financial Planning and Forecasting
This builds on Unit 2 and examines how businesses plan their finances, looking at topics such as cash flow and break-even forecasts together with how businesses budget and finance unit 4 is externally assessed.
Unit 2-Financial Records is externally examined by Edexcel either January or June.
Accountant, Marketer, Stock broker, Public Relations executive , Business Executive, Solicitor, Banker, Sociologist, Administrator, Entrepreneur, Economist, etc. Equips pupils with general business knowledge for any career.
Books / Materials / Visits / Field Courses / Websites /
- Business Review
- The Economist
- Edexcel GCSE textbooks on Applied Business.
Group Organisation / Setting:
You must be prepared to work hard, explore new ideas, use ICT in your work and have an interest in business. All students who select this option must have at least Level 5 in English and Maths.
- Coca-Cola Company
- Museum in Docklands
- Bank of England
- Other FTSE 100 companies in the city.