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Business Studies GCSE at Christ The King College

Course description

Business Studies provides students with a unique insight into the world of work. Through its study, students discover how businesses operate and learn about their key elements and essential business functions. This knowledge, and the holistic understanding that develops, is invaluable to prepare for the workplace.
Business Studies is a new subject for students, but builds on some of the topics covered in Key Stage 3 in PSHE, Mathematics and ICT. GCSE Business Studies provides students with opportunities to acquire and develop a range of skills such as research, making decisions, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of team.
Examination (30%) Unit 2 Financial Records Unit 4 : Financial Planning* Investigating the flow of financial documents used in business trading Investigating business

Course content

Students will complete 3 coursework projects in year 10 /11 and will study finance in Year 11. Students who are doing particularly well will have the option of completing another 3 units and an additional finance paper (Unit 4) to gain a double award.

Each year’s portfolio of coursework will be based on a business investigated by the whole class and one selected by the student. There is a set task each year but some examples of the topics you will be asked to write about include:

How do my businesses respond to the competition?

How important are stakeholders to my businesses?

How are my businesses organised?

Research is done under low control (students prepare at home and in groups for parts of this) and write up is done under medium control (students can bring in plans and notes).


 Examination (30%)

Unit 2 Financial Records Unit 4 : Financial Planning (Optional unit for double award students)

Controlled Assessment tasks (60%)


Future opportunities

This qualification allows access to a variety of Business related courses at AS/A level or equivalent, such as Business Studies, Applied Business, Economics or Accounting, It provides an excellent foundation for those wishing to pursue a career in management, marketing, project management, accounting, management consultancy, human resources, retail and many other paths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 22 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years