Key Stage 4

Students can select GCSE Business in year 10 (OCR exam board). GCSE Business equips students with the skills and confidence to explore how different business situations affect business decisions. Students will look at how small and large businesses operate and what makes someone a successful business person. They will also see how the world around us affects businesses and all the employees, customers and suppliers involved.

This is a practical course, using real businesses as examples.  It provides an exciting opportunity for students to engage with the world of business today. By choosing GCSE Business as an option, students will be able to understand the business world which they will enter after finishing school/college/university. It encourage students to make informed choices about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways as well as develop life skills that enable them to become financially and commercially aware.  Students will also have the knowledge to help them set up a business of their own.  

The skills they learn such as evaluation and problem solving will be useful in a number of other subjects.  Business can lead on to many vocational qualifications and is a good stepping stone for students in A Level subjects, especially economics, accountancy, law and of course A Level Business.

Students will need a number of skills to complete GCSE Business.  The most important qualities are enthusiasm, determination and a keen interest in the business world. It would also be useful to have good English Language skills and some numerical skills

Assessment Information 

100% examination

There are two written exams at the end of the course, each 90 minutes long. There is no controlled assessment.  The exams will consist of a mix of data response, short answer, extended writing and scenario based questions.

GCSE Business includes the following major topic areas:

Year 1

 

Term 1

  • Business 1: business activity, marketing and people
  • The role of business enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Business planning 
  • Revenue, costs, profit and loss
  • Business ownership
  • Business aims and objectives
  • Stakeholders in business
  • Business growth
  • The role of marketing
  • Market research
  • Market segmentation

Term 2

  • The marketing mix
  • The role of human resources
  • Organisational structures and different ways of working
  • Communication in business
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Motivation and retention
  • Training and development
  • Employment law

Term 3

  • Business 2: operations, finance and influences on business (J204/02)
  • Production processes
  • Quality of goods and services

Year 2

 

Term 1

  • The sales process and customer service
  • Consumer law
  • Business location
  • Working with suppliers
  • The role of the finance function
  • Sources of finance
  • Revenue, costs, profit and loss

Term 2

  • Break-even
  • Cash and cash flow
  • Ethical and environmental considerations
  • The economic climate
  • Globalisation

Term 3

  • The interdependent nature of business
  • Revision

Key Stage 5

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Business (05835)

Students will look at a range of businesses, from small start-up businesses to large multinational organisations.  They will investigate how businesses are set up and how they operate and manage their human and financial resources.  Students will also study how changes in the economic, social and technological environment impact on businesses.

By choosing Level 3 Business as an option, students will be able to understand the business world which they will enter after finishing 6th Form or university. It encourage students to make informed choices about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways as well as develop life skills that enable them to become financially and commercially aware.  Students will develop practical employability skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders, and to manage their time effectively. Students will also have the knowledge to help them set up a business of their own.  

Level 3 Business provides a strong base for progression to university, apprenticeships or employment and are recognised for UCAS tariff points.  The course can lead on to many degree courses at University especially economics, politics, accountancy, law and of course a degree in Business or Business Management

Students will need a number of skills to complete Level 3 Business.  The most important qualities are enthusiasm, self-motivation and a keen interest in business and the way businesses operate. Students will also need to have good English Language and numeric skills.

There are 5 units to be studied over the two years, all designed to give students the skills they need to work in the business industry.

Two of the units are exams and are externally moderated:

  • The Business Environment
  • Working in Business

The three remaining units are coursework:

  • Customers and Communication
  • Introduction to Human Resources
  • Marketing & Market Research

Units are graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction *.  The coursework units are assessed internally and externally moderated.

Level 3 Business includes the following major topic areas:

Year 1

 

Term 1: Unit 1 the Business Environment

  • Understand different types of businesses ownership, and their objectives
  • Understand the relationship between businesses and stakeholders
  • Understand how the functional areas of businesses work together to support the activities of businesses

Term 2

  • Understand the effect of different organisational structures on how businesses operate
  • Be able to use financial information to check the financial health of businesses
  • Understand the external influences and constraints on businesses and how businesses could respond

Term 3

  • Understand why businesses plan
  • Be able to assess the performance of businesses to inform future business activities

Term 1 and Term 2: Unit 4 Customers and Communication

  • Understand who customers are and their importance to businesses
  • Understand how to communicate with customers
  • Be able to establish a rapport with customers through non-verbal and verbal communication skills
  • Be able to convey messages for business purposes
  • Know the constraints and issues which affect the sharing, storing and use of information for business communications

Year 2

 

Term 1: Unit 2 Working in Business

  • Understand protocols to be followed when working in business
  • Understand factors that influence the arrangement of business meetings
  • Be able to use business documents
  • Be able to prioritise business tasks
  • Understand how to communicate effectively with stakeholders

Term 2: Unit 8 Introduction to Human Resources

  • Know the factors that are involved in human resources planning
  • Be able to assess the effectiveness of training and development
  • Understand how and why businesses motivate employees
  • Understand the importance of monitoring and managing employee performance at work
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality within the human resources function

Term 3: Unit 5 Marketing and Market Research

  • Understand the role of marketing in businesses
  • Know the constraints on marketing
  • Be able to carry out market research for business opportunities
  • Be able to validate and present market research findings

 

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