GCSE Business Studies

Why Business?

  • Interest in the world around you

  • Want a career in business

  • Enjoy problem solving and working with others

  • Take part in industrial visits

  • Develop ICT and research skills

  • Progress to study ‘A’ Level Business

  • Excellent examination results

  • Study specialist subject in the school

  • Take part in competitions and business programmes

Careers

  • Progress to Progress to Professional Business Services or Cambridge Technical in Business at A Level

  • Accountancy

  • Law

  • Human Resources

  • Marketing

  • Teaching

  • Public Relations

  • Banking and Finance

  • International Marketing

Department Staff

Mr A Twohig (HOD)

Mrs S Barry

Mr M Fitzpatrick

Mrs F McCloy

Year 11 GCSE Business Studies

Unit 1 – Business Start Up

External Exam, end of Year 11 - 40%

 

Topics

Business Start Up

 

Unit 1

 

Starting a Business

• Creating a Business

Topics Include:

Entrepreneurs, Key characteristics of entrepreneurs, Business Resources, Business Ownership, The Public Sector, The role of Social Enterprise, Business Location, Business aims and objectives, Stakeholders, Marketing and Market Research, The Marketing Mix (4P’s), Competition, Customer Service, E-business, M-business, Types of Production, Methods of Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Health and Safety in Manufacturing

Business & Communications Systems

 

Why choose Business and Communication Systems?

  • Interest in ICT and Business world

  • Work independently

  • Make decisions

  • Understand changing use of ICT

  • Skills and Knowledge to develop own website

  • Develop own ICT skills

Year 11 Business & Communication Systems

Students gain a broad introduction to the Business World. They learn about recruitment, selection, training and marketing as well as the implications of digital technology for business.

Students consider different roles, including stakeholders and customers, as well as how best to communicate a message. They look at all these factors in the context of the changing nature of business today.

Year 11

 

Unit 1 - Software Applications for Business

(Computer based exam 40%)​

Topic One - Use of ICT

  • Word-processing

  • Spreadsheets

  • Charts

  • Databases

  • Presentations

  • Using the Internet & E-mail

  • Web Design

Assessment – 2 hour computer based test –students complete tasks using a range of software applications

Year 11 Occupational Business and Services

 

Unit 2 Communication in an Office or Business Environment (Internal Assessment - 50%)

This unit provides learners with a basic knowledge and understanding of administration practice together with the skills necessary to pursue careers as secretaries, administrators, receptionists or call centre personnel. Learners will have an opportunity to develop the effective communication skills required to establish good working relationships in an office or business environment.

 

This unit includes:

 

  • communicating effectively with customers;

  • effective customer service in a business;

  • meeting customer needs and dealing with queries and complaints;

  • preparing and handling routine business documents;

  • working as part of a team in a business;

  • consideration of environmental issues in a business environment;

  • consideration of career opportunities for customer service staff;

  • consideration of health and safety issues in an office or business environment; and

  • a review and evaluation of performance.

Year 12 GCSE Business Studies

 

Unit 2 Developing a Business

  • Human Resources 

  • Business Growth

  • Finance

Topics Include

Recruitment, Selection, Appraisal, Training, Motivation, Business Success or Failure, Business Growth, Internal/External Sources of Finance, Cash Flow Forecasts, Financial Statements, Ratios, Break-Even,

Unit 3 Planning a Business - Controlled Assessment

 

Students complete the following:

• Booklet A:

Planning; and

• Booklet B:

Communicate Findings.

 

Teachers mark the task, and CCEA moderate the results.

 

Topics Include:

 

Business Plan

Business and Communication Systems

 

Year 12

Topics

Unit 2 – The Business Environment

(Written exam 35%)

BUSINESS THEORY

  • Business Ownership

  • Aims of Business

  • Stakeholders

  • Customers

  •   Communication

  •   Human Resources

  •   Marketing

  •   Implications of digital technology for business and customers      

 

Assessment – 1 hour written paper – 35%

Topic Three

Unit 3 - Developing Digital Solutions - Controlled Assessment – 3 tasks, set by CCEA and reviewed each year

  1. Students’ project manage and develop a digital solution for a given problem within a business context.

Assessment – 25%

Year 12 Occupational Business and Services

 

Unit 14 Using Office Technology (Internal Assessment - 50%)

This unit provides learners with a basic knowledge and understanding of administration practice together with the skills necessary to pursue careers as secretaries, administrators, receptionists or call centre personnel. Learners will have the opportunity to use a range of technological equipment found in the modern office. They will develop their proofreading skills, ensuring all documents are produced to the highest standard and meet agreed specifications.

 

This unit includes:

 

  • the use of electronic equipment;

  • consideration of health and safety issues when using office technology;

  • consideration of environmental issues relating to the use of office technology;

  • events planning;

  • consideration of career opportunities in office administration; and

  • a review and evaluation of performance.

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