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Applied Business (Double Award) at Queensbury School

Course description

This GCSE is a nationally recognised work-related qualification designed to provide you with a choice of routes into further education or employment. It is made up of three vocational units in a particular subject, in this case Business.

Course content

The structure of the GCSE in Applied Business : Unit 1: Investigating BusinessThis unit will help you to understand the different types of businesses and their aims, such as making a profit or providing voluntary or charitable services. You will look at how they organise themselves, the departments that make up a business, what they are called and what their activities are. You will learn about how outside influences affect the decisions that businesses make, for example the reason why a business locates in a particular place. You will study 2 large companies of your choice and produce 4 pieces of coursework. Unit 2: People and BusinessOne 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 employers and employees. It helps you to think about workers, about the recruitment and training process and how you might apply for a first job. You will study one large company of your choice (it could be the same one you studied in unit 1) and produce 5 pieces of coursework. Unit 3: Business FinanceThis unit introduces you to business finance. You will learn to identify the main costs and revenues of a business and how these figures can be included in what is known as a profit and loss account. You will learn how to estimate future costs and revenues and how to calculate at what point a business starts to make a profit. This is an external exam of 1 hours duration. It is taken in June of year 10 and can be retaken in January of Year 11 if necessary.

Entry requirements

Interested?If you are interested in this course please speak to Miss Denton, Mr Dean, Miss Hussain or Miss Wood. Log on to edexcel's website click on 'specification' to get full details of the course.


What do I need to know or be able to do before taking the GCSE in Applied Business? You do not need to have studied business before starting the Vocational GCSE. It is important that you have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in business, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.

Future opportunities

What courses or employment can I progress to at the end of my course?Students gaining a GCSE in Applied Business will have access to a range of career and further education opportunities. You will use a variety of skills throughout the course, including collecting, interpreting data, communicating your findings in different ways, and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand and are recognised and highly valued by employers and colleges. The options open to you depend on the results achieved and your own interests, your teacher will be able to help you decide on the next step. A GCSE in Applied Business is an ideal qualification if you wish to go straight into employment, because it gives you an understanding of how businesses are organised and the importance of staff and customers. Some areas of employment have further learning opportunities within them, for example a Modern Apprenticeship.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years