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Business Studies GCSE at Queensbury Academy

Course description


The GCSE Business Studies course will introduce students to a whole range of Business concepts, helping them to discover that Business Studies is not just a theory based subject, and they will gain an under-standing about businesses and the way they operate in today’s society. They will learn about how businesses are organised and the impact that they have on stakeholders. They should be able to answer question about the best location for a business and whether a business should grow. In addition they will be able to advise a business on a given course of action in their controlled assessment. The course also covers the four functional areas of Human Resources, Marketing, Finance and Operations. Throughout this course, students by participating in discussions, completing exam questions and applying their knowledge to given scenario, will be encouraged to develop a practical understanding of Businesses on a Local, National and Global scale. This will enable them to develop knowledge, skills and understanding which will help them gain employment in this, or a related, sector.


Course content

Units of Study:


Unit A291- Marketing and Enterprise. Students will gain an understanding of marketing concepts such as the marketing mix, e-commerce, enterprise and business planning. They will learn about the importance of marketing and how it contributes to the success or failure of a product or business.

Unit A292- Business and People. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of people in business. They will learn about areas such as recruitment, how to motivate staff, the importance of train-ing and communication. They will also learn about the importance of following employment law. In addition this unit covers the importance of getting the structure and ownership of the business right as well as where a business should locate.

Unit A293-Production, Finance and the External Business Environment. Students will gain an understand-ing of two key areas of Business, Production and Finance. This section covers break-even, sources of finance and cash-flow as well as methods of production and the importance of quality. In addition stu-dents will learn about the impact the external influences such as competition, the EU and Government has on business activity.


Entry requirements



Assessment Details:


Successful students will achieve a GCSE grade A*-G. Unit A291 is internally assessed and externally moderated. Students will produce a piece of work which demonstrates their skills, knowledge and understanding of marketing concepts in relation to a given scenario (25%). Unit A292 is externally assessed; students will sit a written exam (25%) Unit A293 is externally assessed; students will sit a written exam based on a pre-seen case study which forms 50% of the final grade

Financial information

None - assuming that student has attended lessons, and met all departmental and course requirements

Future opportunities


Further information

Britain needs employees with good language skills. In our 21st century global market place the ability to communicate in a foreign language and demonstrate cultural understanding has never been more important. At Queensbury we recognise that language learning is important for our students, enabling them to develop effective communication skills at GCSE level. The ability to use a foreign language is seen as an asset by many companies, as well as for travel and tourism and, of course, working abroad. Moreover, this level of achievement can be a positive advantage when students apply for places in Higher Education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 February 2018
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Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Miss L Hunton - Head of Business Studies (A LEVEL & BTEC)
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01582601241
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