Other Information

On the run up to the exams at the end of year 11 regular revision sessions will be held for students. Students will be given a timetable of the subjects being covered and information will be displayed around the department.

GCSE business forms a good foundation for your knowledge if you want to go on and study the course at A-level or are interested in a career in a business related topic. It supports many career paths and is one of the most popular courses chosen by students at university. It is a very current and relevant subject where students are actively encouraged to develop their knowledge through watching business programmes and taking an interest in business news.

Revision Session Plan for Parents/Students

Course Overview

GCSE Business studies introduces students to the business world. In Year 10 students look at entrepreneurship and the key steps involved in setting up a small business, such as planning, marketing, gaining finance, setting up operations and recruiting new staff. In Year 11 the focus switches to how businesses grow. Students learn about the challenges faced by business as they look to expand.

More information about the course can be found by going to the AQA Examination website.

In Year 10 Unit 1: Setting up a Business

This unit explores the activities and the reasons for business success or failure. It encourages students to appreciate that businesses must engage with a wide range of stakeholders who will hold differing perspectives.

In Year 11 Unit 2: Growing as a Business

This unit expands upon Unit 1, allowing students to study businesses as they grow and to understand the issues that business expansion creates.

The following themes underpin all aspects of the course:

  • Planning Enterprise
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • People in Business
  • Operations Management


  • Unit 1 – Setting up a Business = Written Paper (1 hour), 60 marks/40%
  • Unit 2 – Growing as a Business = Written Paper (1 hour), 60 marks/35%
  • Unit 3 – Investigating a Business = Controlled Assessment, 40 marks/25%

Home Learning Policy

Students will be set homework once every two weeks by their class room teacher and these will either be in the form of;

  • Examination style questions where students will be expected to use the case study provided and complete the exam question using the specific technique provided in lessons.
  • Definition/simple fact finding exercises requiring research skills
  • Analysis tasks where students are expected to identify and explain the benefits and problems to a business of a particular topic
  • Extended research projects where students are expected to research and provide detailed explanations based on real life business case studies.
  • Revision for tests/assessments.

Year Plan

Year 10 Outline

Assessment date Topics to be assessed
September Dragons Den Business Studies Overview project
October Starting a Business
November Starting a Business
December Marketing
January Marketing
February Finance
March Finance
April People in Business
May Operations Management
June Mock Exam and launch of Unit 3 Controlled Assessment

Year 11 Outline

Assessment date Topics to be assessed
September Controlled Assessment Planning
October Formal Examination – Controlled Assessment (Unit 3)
November Growing a Business
December People in a Growing Business
January Mock Exam
February Operations Management in a Growing Business
March Marketing in a Growing Business
April Finance in a Growing Business
May Revision/Formal Assessment (Unit 1 Exam)
June Revision/Formal Assessment (Unit 2 Exam)


In Year 10/11 – Unit 3: Investigating a Business

At the end of year 10 and at the start of year 11 students will work on a controlled assessment based around an investigation of a small local business. They will carry out research to gather information to help you complete a timed assessment based around a specific aspect of business you have learnt about in class.

Useful Links

Students can also find information to help their studies by visiting the following websites:

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