Business Studies at Guilsborough School
Content Business Studies involves the study of commercial and non-commercial organisations within the environment in which they operate. It is studied from the perspective of the owners, employees, customers and other stakeholders. The aim of the course is to enable students to develop a critical understanding of modern business and to allow them to appreciate the complexities of the modern economic environment. Nationally, Business Studies is very popular at GCSE as it successfully combines both academic and vocational aspects of the curriculum. In other words, it prepares students for both further education, and employment and training. Students will be expected to be comfortable dealing with numbers and be prepared to write lengthy answers to questions, as the course requires students to develop knowledge and understand of the content, application skills, analysis and evaluation. The following modules are studied:- Introduction to Business – What is business? Why do people set up in business? What are the different types of businesses? - Marketing – What is market research? How do businesses conduct market research? How and why do businesses advertise? - Production - How do businesses produce goods? What effect has technology had on businesses? - Finance – How do businesses raise finance? How do businesses make a profit? How can they deal with late payments? - Human Resources Management – How do businesses recruit workers? How are workers motivated? What role do trade unions play? - External Environment - How does business activity affect the environment? Are businesses ethical? How does the government affect businesses?
Assessment Business Studies is assessed through examination and coursework. Paper 1 – Examination (75% of the total mark for the GCSE) The examination paper will have two sections – Section A and Section B Section A: Students will answer four questions based on any part of the Business Studies syllabus. The questions will mainly require knowledge and application of the key terms that have been raised. Section B: Students will answer five extended questions based on a pre-released Case Study, which is issued eight weeks before the exam. Paper 2 – Coursework (25% of the total mark for the GCSE) Students need to produce a piece of coursework based on one area of the syllabus. Students will have approximately ten weeks to complete the work.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Guilsborough School directly.