Business and Communication Systems

GCSE Business

The course we study is GCSE Business (AQA) Course Specification Code 8132

Why study Business?

In addition to helping students acquire subject knowledge:

  • provides an understanding of the business world and how communication systems are used
  • encourages students to consider the practical application of business concepts
  • explores the theories and concepts in the context of events in the business, communications and ecommerce world

Course content during Y9 will involve studying:

Business Ownership, Business aims and objectives, Influences on Business, Health and safety in the workplace, Human Resources.

Course content during Y10 will involve studying:

Stakeholders, Communication, Location of Business, Expanding a Business, Workplace organisation, Globalisation, Legislation.

Course content during Y11 will involve studying:

Business Operations, Business Planning, Accounting and Finance, Ethical and Environmental considerations, The Economic Climate, Competitive environment.

Assessment and grading:

Paper 1

Written Paper (1 hour, 45 minutes) 90 marks/50%

Paper 2

Written Paper (1 hour, 45 minutes) 90 marks/50%

Further vocational and academic qualifications:

Provides progression for students wishing to continue their studies to A level Business Studies, A Level Economics, A level Applied Business and the Diploma.

Career opportunities:

Career opportunities include; accountancy, advertising, banking (retail, investment and commercial), retail and industrial purchasing, administration, many management roles in every sector, insurance, consultancy, sales and market research, sport and leisure, pharmaceuticals, public relations, recruitment, retail and IT.