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Business Studies - GCSE at St James's C E High School

Course description

This course is equal to 1 GCSE. It is a brand new subject and will cover topics not covered in key stage 3. It is suitable for pupils with excellent written English skills. There will be 2 exams and 1 piece of controlled assessment. Unit 1 exam- Setting up a business - this covers 40% of your marks and unit 2 exam growing as a business covers 35% of your marks. The topics you will cover are: Starting a business • Starting a Business Enterprise • Setting Business Aims and Objectives • Business Planning • Choosing the Appropriate Legal Structure for • the Business • Choosing the Location of the Business • Expanding a Business Marketing • Conducting Market Research with Limited budgets • Using the Marketing Mix • The Marketing Mix – Product • Using the Marketing Mix – Price • Using the Marketing Mix – Promotion • Using the Marketing Mix – Place Finance • Finance and Support for a Small Business • Financial Terms and Simple Calculations • Using Cash Flow • Finance for Large Businesses • Profit and Loss Accounts and Balance Sheets People in business • Recruiting • Motivating Staff • Protecting Staff through Understanding • Legislation • organising Organisational Charts and Management Hierarchies • recruitment and Retention of Staff Operations management • Production Methods for Manufacturing and Providing a Service • Customer Service • Production Methods for Growing Businesses • recognising Challenges of Growth • Maintaining Quality Assurance in Growing Businesses The business organisation • Expanding a Business • Choosing the Right Legal Structure for the Business • Changing Business Aims and Objectives • Choosing the Best Location Unit 3 controlled assessment - Investigating a business This covers 35% of your marks This will involve you investigating an existing company and preparing reports on your findings.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for an NVQ Level 1 or 2 in a related subject and depending on your other qualifications, you could progress onto courses leading to the Advanced GCE in Business Studies or Applied Business Studies. With further training, you could go into a job related to business by working for a wide range of companies in areas of marketing, finance, human resources or public relations. You could also go straight into employment as the course is delivered through a work-based training programme, will help you develop the artistic skills, knowledge and understanding that lots of employers are looking for.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years