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Applied Business GCSE (Double Award) at University Academy Keighley

Course description

Welcome to Applied Business. This unique GCSE course gives students first hand experience at how businesses work, by applying theoretical knowledge to real life situations. This is a hands on course which will prepare students for their working lives.

Course content

The aim of this course is to enable students to:Develop knowledge and understanding of business through the investigation of a range of business organisations.Prepare for employment, further/higher education or training in a business environment. The quality of provision and teaching is exceptional with subject specialist teachers.


Unit 1 (33.3%)Investigating a Business: This unit helps you to understand how businesses organise themselves in order to meet their aims and objectives. You will investigate how ownership affects the running of the business. You will explore businesses which produce a range of different goods and services and find out how such business activities are changing in the UK as a whole. You will investigate the different functional areas of a business, how they affect each other and how they communicate.Unit 2 (33.3%)People and Business: One of the most valuable resources of any business is its people. This unit helps you to understand the roles played by people with different interests in a business and to look in detail at the working relationships between employers and employees. It helps you to think about the experience of business employees, about the recruitment and training process and how you might apply for a first job.Unit 3 (33.3%)Business Finance: This unit gives you an introduction to business finance. You will look at the importance of keeping track of flows of money into and out of a business and how businesses can measure their performance through keeping accounts. You will find out the value of IT to businesses in helping them to manage their finances and to plan ahead using spreadsheet programmes. Estimates of costs and revenues allow businesses to plan and, if necessary, borrow money to finance new developments. You will learn about simple recording systems, how to interpret financial documents and how to identify different options for businesses when faced with financial decisions. You will find out how IT can be used to record and communicate financial transactions to reduce costs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University Academy Keighley directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year