GCSE Business Studies

  • Examination Board: AQA
  • Subject title: Business Studies
  • Course code: 4133
  • Controlled assessment: 20% (this is like a timed coursework that you complete in the classroom over 3-4 weeks)
  • Examination: 80% (two one hour papers)
  • Website: www.aqa.org.uk

Who is GCSE Business Studies suitable for?

A common misconception about this course is that students think they will be working on computers every lesson. Yes, we have computers in the Department, and you will use them but don’t choose this subject for that reason. Carefully look at the section below because this will help you to decide whether the subject appeals to you.

What will I study?

There are so many interesting areas in this course.

Starting a Business
This covers topics such as enterprise, business objectives and drawing up a business plan. It also covers choosing the legal structure and location of a company.

Marketing
Study the different methods businesses use to promote their product and also how they research the market

Finance
Decide where businesses can source funding and how to complete a cash flow forecast

People in Business
This section looks at recruitment and selection of staff. You can also study how to motivate staff and how they are protected by legislation

Operations Management
Learn about the different ways to produce products and services, ensuring high levels of quality and maintaining good relationships with consumers

The full specification (in PDF format) can be found here (look for units 1,2 and 3): http://www.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcse/pdf/AQA-4130-W-SP-10.PDF

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