GCSE Business Studies at Acland Burghley School
Business Studies aims to give students an understanding of the world of work, in a range of business situations, namely business structures, human resources, business finance, production and marketing. Students will gain an appreciation of different roles within businesses. For example, the role of customers, shareholders, employees, and managers. In addition students will gain important knowledge of the organisation and control of business, and the interdependence between a business and its environment. Course content The content covered in the Business GCSE is divided into six key areas: The ownership and control of business - studying sole traders, franchises and limited companies. Understanding how to start a small business. The management of people within a business - investigating motivation theories. Finance - analysing balance sheets and cash flow statements. Production - understanding the impact of new technology. Marketing - applying marketing mix techniques. External environment and business - understanding the impact of exchange rate. Students will develop skills in research, information handling, decision-making and evaluation. We hope that students will find the course interesting and enjoyable, developing self-confidence, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and gain access to higher level courses in KS5. Classroom activities We use a variety of activities as part of the course, including report writing, presentations, interviewing, as well as researching ideas from books or local business contacts. Students are asked to solve business problems and are encouraged to take a keen interest in the world of business, by watching the news and reading newspapers. How will I be assessed? Regular tests will be set at the end of each module to assess progress. The external assessment consists of two exam papers. Students will also produce a business plan looking at the viability of starting a small business in the local area which is 25% of the marks. This plan is completed under controlled conditions. Head of Department: Mr Andreas
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