GCSE qualifications in Business Subjects should encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gaining an insight into related sectors. The GCSEs should prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.
GCSE qualifications in Business Subjects enable students to:
· Actively engage in the study of business and economics in order to develop as effective and
independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
· Use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions so as to build arguments and make informed judgments.
· Develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.
· Consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.
We have the opportunity to stretch and challenge students’ academic ability by offering this new Business specification, which will enable students to branch off into specialized fields. It comprises of a common enterprise-theme core and a choice of specialised units for different pathways. (Business Communications and Business Studies and Economics)
Unit 1: Introduction to Small Business (compulsory)
Unit 2: Investigating Small Business (compulsory)
Either one of the following units – teacher’s discretion to determine final accreditation:
Unit 3: Business Studies – Resulting in a GCSE in Business Studies
Unit 4: Business Communications – Resulting in a GCSE in Business Communications
Unit 5: Introduction to Economic Understanding – Resulting in a GCSE in Business Studies and Economics
The specification is assessed through three units:
All students will take the following assessments.
Unit 1 is externally tested through a 45min Multiple Choice Exam (25%)
Unit 2 is internally assessed under controlled assessment (25%)
Depending on the final assessment, students will sit either of these exams. (50%)
Unit 3 (GCSE in Business Studies) is externally assessed through a 1 hour 30 min paper. Questions will comprise of a combination of multiple-choice, short and extended answer, data response and scenario-based questions.
Unit 4 (GCSE in Business Communications) is externally assessed through a 1 hour 30 min paper. Questions will comprise of a combination of multiple-choice, short and extended answer, data response and scenario-based questions.
Unit 5 (GCSE in Business and Economics) is externally assessed through a 1 hour 30min paper.
Questions will comprise of a combination of multiple-choice, short and extended answer,
data response and scenario-based questions.
OCR NATIONALS – TECHNICAL AWARD
Level 1 /2 Award, Business and Enterprise
Cambridge Nationals were launched in 2012 and designed specifically for students aged 14–16. They’re industry-relevant, geared to key sector requirements and very popular with schools and colleges because they suit such a broad range of learning styles and abilities and are an excellent start for vocational study and enable progression to Level 3 qualifications such as our Cambridge Technicals.
This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The Cambridge Nationals in Business and Enterprise provides students with a broad foundation of knowledge required for further study in business including the different types of business, career planning (including recruitment) and the role of enterprise in business.