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S Cool Business Studies Gcse Coursework


Mr D Stones – Business Studies Teacher

Mr A Curran – Lead Teacher of Computing



Subject Specifications:

Current Year 11 Edexcel GCSE Business (A*-G). To find out more click Edexcel GCSE Business

Current Year 10 AQA GCSE Business(1-9). To find out more click here AQA GCSE Business 1-9

Year 9

Introduction to BTEC FIRST Business.  During this year students will take part in various activities and lesson tasks to give them an accurate insight into Business and Enterprise. This introductory course will aim to enable students to learn about:

  • self-employment
  • marketing
  • finance
  • retail
  • business management

This is an introductory course will lead towards students having the opportunity to study a BTEC FIRST in Business in Years 10 and 11 staring in September 2018. Students will then be able to access and study units including: ·

  • Unit 1: Enterprise and the Business Environment ·
  • Unit 2: Finance for Business
  • Unit 3: Promoting a Brand
  • Unit 8: Recruitment, Selection and Employment

Year 10

GCSE Business Studies introduction:

  • Actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  • Use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements.
  • Develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.
  • Appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities.
  • Consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.
Year 10 (AQA 1-9, new specification)
Students work through 3 units that provide them with a clear and develop understanding of the roles, purposes and impact of businesses on them and the wider community and society.
Focus units: 
Business in the Real World (3.1)
Influences on Business (3.2)
Business Operations (3.3)

Year 11

Year 11 (AQA 1-9, new specification, current Year 10) Year 11 (Edexcel A*-G, current Year 11)
Students work through 3 units that provide them with a clear and develop understanding of the work, activities and purposes of large businesses that make up our economy and also affects international trade.Students work through 3 units that investigate both small business enterprises and growing business operations. Assessment is by combination of written examination and
Focus units: Focus units: 
Human Resources (3.4)

Marketing (3.5)

Finance (3.6)

Unit 1: Students work through foundation unit that provide them with a clear and develop understanding of the work, activities and purposes of small businesses that make up our economy.

Unit 1 Exam Content

1.1 Spotting a Business Opportunity

1.2 Showing enterprise

1.3 Putting a business idea into practice

1.4 Making the start-up effective

1.5 The Economic Context

Unit: 3 Investigating Small Businesses

Students work through a developed unit that focuses on both developing their knowledge of the roles, operations and activities of business in a business report and then in a national and international setting.

Unit 3: Building Businesses

3.1 Marketing

3.2 Meeting Customer Needs

3.3 Finance

3.4 Human Resources

3.5 Wider Business Environment

Unit 2 – Investigating Small Business

Controlled Assessment

AssessmentStudents will sit two exam papers at the end of the course (Year 11) which form the overall assessment.

Paper 1; Influences of operations and HRM on business activity (50%)

Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity (50%)

AsssessmentUnit 1; Introduction to Small Business (45 mins – 25%

Students will sit one multiple choice exam paper at the end of the course (Year 11) which form the overall assessment for this unit.

Unit 2: Controlled Assessment Task (25%)

Unit 3; Building a Business (50%)

Students will sit the Unit 3 exam paper at the end of the course (Year 11) and submit a Controlled Assessment which form the overall assessment

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Business Department Workshops, every Wednesday (Year 10) and Friday (Year 11)
  • Revision and skill development workshops after school and during half terms (details will be sent out to parents nearer to relevant dates and times)
  • Enterprise Activities – ranging from Internal College activities to Mosaic Challenge and Young Enterprise
  • Planned Excursions and Incursions with local businesses to provide students with practical insights into how they operate

Useful Links & Resources

AQA GCSE Business(1-9)

AQA GCSE Business(A*-G)

BBC Bitesize

Revision World GCSE Business Studies

Tutor2u GCSE Business studies revision notes and quizzes

Business Bee useful for finance revision notes and quizzes

S-Cool GCSE Business Studies revision notes and videos

Gojimo revision quizzes for AQA Business can be downloaded as an app

Business Studies GCSEPOD – available via RM Unify with login

Youtube Cherwell Online How to answer 9 mark exam questions


Economics and business are hot topics and affect all our lives every day. Students will gain the opportunity to study and investigate real life business and economic issues and apply them to all aspects of their academic and personal lives.

Our aim is to provide all our students not only with the core understanding of business and economics, but instil a passion and interest that continues outside of the classroom. We have incredibly high expectations and we encourage all our students to think independently, be challenged and achieve highly.

Students flourish in our dynamic department and develop understanding of knowledge and skills which can be used across the curriculum and in their own lives.

We welcome visitors and speakers to all our courses so if you would like to be involved please get in touch by tweeting us or email businessstudies@henrybox.oxon.sch.uk

Meet the Staff

All members of the Business and Economics team were industry professionals before pursuing a career in teaching.

Mrs A Wickson: Acting Assistant Headteacher

Ms N Oliver: Business, Economics and Computing Teacher

Follow our business and economics teachers on Twitter!

Mrs Wickson @bizatthebox

Business Studies & Economics at KS3

Business and Economics is currently not offered at KS3. Students have to opportunity to study money management through our PSHE programme and take part in the KS3 Dragon Den competition which is run throughout the summer term.

Business Studies & Economics at KS4

GCSE AQA Business Studies

Outline of course

The course introduces students to the world of setting up and operating small and large businesses.  In Year 10 students focus on start-up and small businesses. In Year 11, the focus is on more established businesses and the way businesses can grow and be competitive in an ever increasing global marketplace.

In both years students study the four main organisational areas of marketing, finance, human resources and operations management.

Projects/topics covered in the course

A range of topics are studied including:

  • Starting a business enterprise

  • Setting business aims and objectives

  • Business planning

  • Choosing the right legal structure

  • Choosing the correct location

  • Using the marketing mix

  • Recruitment and selection

  • Cash flow

  • Profit and loss analysis

  • Balance sheets

  • Production methods

  • Customer service

  • Kaizen and TQM

  • Motivation

Organisation of assessment

There are two hour long exams at the end of Year 11 worth a total of 75%. At the end of Year 10 students complete a controlled assessment, based around Witney businesses worth 25%. Previous assessment topics have included investigating the effectiveness of current promotional methods and investigating the quality of customer service provided.

Students are also regularly assessed each term. All students will have key terms tests to check understanding of core knowledge and end of unit assessment. Class teachers will set additional questions, designed to build up capability and confidence for the essay based exam papers.

Homework requirements

Students will be set at least one hour of homework each week.  Homework tasks include:

  • Key term revision

  • Practice questions

  • Investigations, research

  • Analysis and evaluation tasks

  • Individual and group projects

  • Creating quizzes, questions and tasks

A revision guide is avalible here.

Business Studies KS5

There are changes to A levels at the beginning of 2015.  Both Economics and Business Studies will follow the Edexcel specifications. For further information, please use the following links:

Economics (A)


Business Studies


Outline of course

The AS Units focus on small to medium sized businesses.  At A2 students investigate more complex business scenarios and focus on strategy as opposed to tactics.

AS Business Studies

  • Unit 1 (BUSS1) – Planning and Financing a Business – covers the issues involved in business start-up such as researching and planning as well as the factors that determine success.

  • Unit 2 (BUSS2) – Managing a Business – focuses on how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions at a functional (departmental) level.

  • Unit 3 (BUSS3) – Strategies for Success – focuses on larger businesses and how managers might measure performance.  This unit considers functional strategies larger business might adopt to achieve their objectives.

  • Unit 4 (BUSS4) – The Business Environment and Managing Change – assesses the external factors that can act as catalysts for change and considers this in a variety of business contexts.

Economics KS5

Outline of course

The AS Units focus on an introduction to micro and macro economics and the A2 units provide further detail on both these types of economics as well as a synoptic overview.

  • Unit 1 (ECON1) - Markets and Market failure - this module will cover the economic problem, the allocation of resources in competitive markets, production and efficiency, market failure and government intervention in the market.

  • Unit 2 (ECON2) - The national economy - this module will cover the measurement of economic performance, how the macro economy works (the curricular flow of income and related concepts) , economic performance and macroeconomic policy.

  • Unit 3 (ECON3) - Business Economics and the distribution of income - this module will cover the firm; objectives, costs and revenues, competitive markets, concentrated markets, the labour market and government intervention in markets.

  • Unit 4 (ECON4) - Economics: The National and International Economy - this module will cover macroeconomic indicators, managing the national economy and the international economy.


A-level students have the opportunity to compete in regional and national competitions and visit businesses for lectures on occasion.


We offer extensive enrichment opportunities for all students. At KS3 students have the opportunity to compete in a Dragons Den competition.

At KS4, business students’ learning is enhanced by regular projects based on real life business in the Witney area and globally. Workshops and talks are also given by business people from a wide range of backgrounds and topics including digital printing, logistics and retail. In Year 10, learning is based around creating a business plan, culminating in a presentation event of their business plans in the summer term.

At KS5, business students learning is also based around real life businesses both locally and globally. Students also take part in a Dragons’ Den competition in December, which complements their first unit of study, BUSS1. Every year we take two teams to take part in the ICAW BASE Accounting Competition and students are given the opportunity to take part in the IFS Investor Challenge.

Our economists’ learning is also based around current affairs and at A2, students compete in the Bank of England Target 2.0 where a team of students assume the role of the Monetary Policy Committee and have to make a presentation of what The Bank of England should do with the current interest rate using up to date economic knowledge and data.

All our A2 students are regularly invited to take part in workshops and lectures which are crucial in their final units which are based around their application to real life business and economic conditions. Recent lectures and workshops have included Hunts Printing, Hegele Logistics, Charles Stanley Investment Bakers, Supergroup, Rooster UK Retail Consultancy and Coaching, Siemans and Handelsbanken.

After School Clubs offered

All teachers provide one to one support with students when required and there is a clinic once a week to help with homework or any other issues. Revision workshops and clinics are run before summer exams where students are expected to complete extension work at home in preparation.

Useful links

Mrs Wickson has a scoop-it page to support, challenge and extend all business and economics students’ learning  http://www.scoop.it/u/Pinnwick

Useful websites








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