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Business Studies offers students an understanding of the key areas of business, from marketing to human resources and from finance to production. Students will be able to discuss what is happening in the economy today, for example the impact that changes in interest rates or unemployment levels have on businesses and workers.
Business Studies is not taught at Key Stage 3 but is available as an option to study at Key Stage 4.
Year 11 Course Title: GCSE Business Studies
Exam Board & Code: OCR J253 Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)
Paper 1 - 25% (60 marks) - 1 hour written paper
Paper 2 - 50% (90 marks) - 1 hour 30 min written paper
Controlled Assessment - 25% (90 marks) - Approximately 16 hours
GCSE Course Study Breakdown (Key Stage 4)
Types of business activity; Stakeholders, growth and location factors; business types, e.g. sole traders, plc’s etc
Employment and retention; motivation; training; employment law and Trades Unions; organisation and communication
Production and finance
External Environment of Business