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AS GCSE

Business Studies
2013 to 2014

Key subject aims


GCSE qualifications in business subjects should encourage students to be inspired, moved and
challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an
insight into related sectors. The GCSEs should prepare students to make informed decisions
about further learning opportunities and career choices.
GCSE qualifications in business subjects enable students to:
actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and
independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments
and make informed judgements
develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a
range of local, national and global contexts
appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business
and economic activities
consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and
sustainable

What will I learn?


While studying the first two units of this course you are likely to learn a lot of new things. You
will be introduced to the world of small businesses and will look at what makes someone a
successful business person. You will find out how to develop an idea and spot an opportunity, and
turn that into a successful business. You will understand how to make a business effective and
manage money well. You will also see how the world around us affects small businesses and all the
people involved.
In unit 3 you will learn more about how small businesses are developed and discover how
businesses promote themselves and keep their customers happy. You will learn how businesses
manage both their finances and the people who work for them.

Unit

Marks

Unit 1 introduction to small business


1.1 Spotting a business opportunity
1.2 Showing enterprise
1.3 Putting a business idea into practice
1.4 Making the start-up effective
1.5 Understanding the economic context

25%

40

Compulsory unit, externally


assessed - 45 minutes

Unit 2 - Investigating Small Business


(Content as Unit 1)

25%

40

Compulsory unit controlled


assessment

Building a Business
3.1 Marketing
3.2 Meeting customer needs
3.3 Effective financial management
3.4 Effective people management
3.5 The wider world affecting business

50%

90

Compulsory unit - Externally


assessed - 90 minutes

Unit 4

Time

Year 10- Unit 1


1.

Spotting a business opportunity


Businesses
Understanding customer needs
Market Mapping
Competition
Adding value
Franchising

2.

Showing enterprise
What is enterprise?
Thinking Creatively
What questions do entrepreneurs ask?
Invention and innovation generating new business ideas
Taking a calculated risk
Other important enterprise skills

3.

Putting a business idea into practice


Objectives when starting up
The Qualities shown by entrepreneurs
Estimating revenues, costs and profits
Forecasting cash flows
Obtaining finance

4.

Making the start up effective


Customer focus
The marketing mix
The importance of limited liability
Start-up legal and tax issues
Effective on-time delivery and customer satisfaction
Recruiting, training and motivating staff

5. Understanding the economic context


Market demand and supply
Impact of changes in interest rates on small business
Impact of changes in exchange
How do business cycles affect small businesses?
What effect do business decisions have on stakeholders

Unit 2 Controlled assessment

Outline year 11 - Unit 3


1.

Marketing

2.

Meeting customer needs

3.

Effective financial management

4.

Effective people management

5.

The wider world affecting business

Reading list
Marcouse I

Edexcel Business for GCSE: Introduction to


Small Business, 2nd Edition

Hodder

Needham
Dransfield

Business Studies for You - Second Edition

Nelson Thornes

Jenkins

GCSE A-Z Business Studies Handbook

The Guardian
The Times
The Daily Telegraph
The Guardian

www.guardian.co.uk/business

The Times

www.business.timesonline.co.uk

The Daily Telegraph

www.telegraph.co.uk/money

Business Week

www.businessweek.com

Tutor2U

www.tutor2u.net

Bank of England

www.bankofengland.co.uk

BBC News

www.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business

Business in the Community

www.bitc.org.uk

Federation of Small Businesses

www.fsb.org.uk

The Business Channel

www.thebusinesschannel.com

Dragons Den

www.bbc.co.uk/dragonden

British Franchise Association

http://www.thebfa.org/
http://www.thebfa.org/casestudies.asp

Bized

http://www.bized.co.uk/

BBC Bitesize

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/business/

Business Link

www.businesslink,gov.uk

Business Plans / Starting-up

http://www.uk250.co.uk/frame/5379/barclays.html

Enterprise and Entrepreneurs

http://www.ft.com/indepth/enterpriseweek.

Federation of Small Businesses

http://www.fsb.org.uk/

Statistics

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/

Times 100

http://www.thetimes100.co.uk

Working Lunch

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/programmes/working_lunch/default.stm
http://rapidrevision.co.uk/business-studies-student/

Business studies online

www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk

Chnacellors VLE

http://www.chancellorsvle.org.uk

RM Easy Mail

http://www.thegrid.org.uk/

Year 10 Tests
Test Title
Spotting a business opportunity
Spotting a business opportunity
Showing enterprise
Showing enterprise
Putting a business idea into practice
Putting a business idea into practice
Making the start up effective
Making the start up effective
Understanding the economic context
Understanding the economic context
Integrated
Integrated
Integrated
Integrated

Max Marks

Your Mark

Year 11 Tests
Test Title
Marketing
Marketing
Meeting customer needs
Meeting customer needs
Effective financial management
Effective financial management
Effective people management
Effective people management
The wider world affecting business
The wider world affecting business
Integrated
Integrated
Integrated
Integrated

Max Marks

Your Mark

Topics
8th June 2009

nd

22 June 2009

th

6 July 2009

Introduction to GCSE Business studies


Businesses (2)
Understanding Customer needs (2)
Market mapping (1)
Market mapping (2)
Competition (2)
Revision lesson (1)

Summer break
th

7 September 2009

21st September 2009

5th October 2009

19th October 2009

9th November 2009

23rd November

th

7 December

Added value (2)


Franchising (2)
End of unit including test (1)
What is Enterprise?(1)
Thinking creatively (3)
What questions do entrepreneurs ask (1)
What questions do entrepreneurs ask (1)
Invention and innovation generating new business ideas (2)
Taking a calculated risk (2)
Other important enterprise skills (2)
End of Unit (2)
Objectives when starting up (1)
Objectives when starting up (1)
The Qualities shown by entrepreneurs (1)
Estimating revenues, costs and profits (3)
Estimating revenues, costs and profits (2)
Forecasting cash flows (3)
Forecasting cash flows (2)
Obtaining finance (2)
End of Unit (1)

Christmas break
th

4 January 2009

End of unit (1)


Customer focus (1)
The marketing mix (3)

18 January 2009

The importance of limited liability (2)


Start-up legal and tax issues (2)
Effective on-time delivery and customer satisfaction (1)

1st February 2009

Effective on-time delivery and customer satisfaction (2)


Recruiting, training and motivating staff (4)

22nd February 2009

End of Unit (2)


Market demand and supply (3)

8th March 2009

Impact of changes in interest rates on small business (3)


Impact of changes in exchange (2)

th

22 March

Impact of changes in exchange (1)


How do business cycles affect small businesses? (2)
What effect do business decisions have on stakeholders? (2)

19th April

End of unit (2)


Revision

nd