Business StudiesBusiness Studies (KS4):

Subject Information Overview

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Area Staff
Exam information for GCSE
qualifications in this Subject Area


Curriculum Area Staff

Jennie White

Tom Sergeant


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Name: Mrs J White
Position: Teacher of Business Studies


Curriculum Information

The main ambition of the Business Studies curriculum is to develop our students as commercially minded citizens. We hope that through an exciting and engaging curriculum, we can develop our students' capacity to expand their knowledge of business and develop their ability to be enterprising. Our curriculum aims to enable learners to rise to the demands of a truly modern and evolving business environment. The curriculum is designed to spark imagination and inspire commercial thinking and to enhance our students' capacity to effectively take their place in the world of Business, should they wish to pursue a business career pathway beyond this qualification.

A GCSE qualification in Business Studies encourages students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. The Business Studies GCSE prepares students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

GCSE Business Studies enables students to:

  • Actively engage in the study of Business and Economics to develop as effective and independent students and critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • Use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements
  • Develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
  • Appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to Business and Economic activities
  • Consider the extent to which Business and Economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.

Business Studies students will cover a wide range of topics across two main themes. The first theme focuses on an introduction to small businesses in which students will learn all about entrepreneurial skills and qualities, marketing, cash flow and profit and loss and also external factors influencing a business such as interest rates and exchange rates. The second theme is all about growing the business and within this, students will learn how to grow and expand a business, how to finance an expansion and also how to make operational and human resource decisions within a company. Each topic covers a wide range of Business subjects and gives the students the opportunity for discussion and decision-making.


Curriculum Overview

Below is a summary overview of the topics and their content that will be studied in each term by each year group. For more information about each topic, get your child to visit learning journeys and resources on the school online learning platform - Ready Steady Learn.

Year Group Terms 1 & 2 Terms 3 & 4 Terms 5 & 6
10: Business Studies

1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship

  • Introduction to Business
  • Invention and Innovation
  • Risk and Reward
  • Adding Value
  • The dynamic nature of business
  • Enterprise
  • Exam Skills


1.2 Spotting a business opportunity

  • Customer needs
  • Market research
  • Market segmentation and Market mapping
  • The competitive market

1.3 Putting the Business Idea into Practice

  • Business Aims and Objectives
  • Revenue, Costs and Profit
  • Cash Flow
  • Break Even
  • Sources of Finance
  • Exam Skills


1.4 Making the Business Effective

  • Options for Start Up
  • The Business Location
  • The Marketing Mix
  • Business Plans
  • Exam Skills

1.5 Understanding external


  • Stakeholders
  • Technology
  • Legislation
  • Interest Rates & Tax
  • The economy


2.1 Growing the Business

  • Organic and Inorganic Growth
  • Changes in Aims and Objectives
  • Business and Globalisation
  • Ethics and the Environment


Assessment details

In class, mock assessments followed by an in depth feedback lesson

In class, mock assessments followed by an in depth feedback lesson

In class, mock assessment followed by an in depth feedback lesson


Partial Topic 2 formal assessment at the end of the year

11: Business Studies

2.2 Making Marketing Decisions

  • The Design Mix
  • The Product Life Cycle
  • Price
  • Place
  • Promotional Strategies
  • The Marketing Mix
  • Exam Skills


2.3 Making Operational Decisions

  • Business operations and production
  • Business operations and technology
  • Managing stock
  • Suppliers and procurement
  • Managing quality
  • Customer service

2.4 Making Financial Decisions

  • Business Calculations
  • Understanding Business Performance
  • Average Rate of Return


2.5 Making human resource decisions

  • Organisational structures
  • Effective communication
  • Ways of working
  • Job roles and responsibilities
  • Effective recruitment
  • Developing employees
  • Training Motivating employees

This final term is dedicated to review, recall and revision exercises for within Topic 2

Assessment details

In class, mock assessment followed by an in depth feedback lesson


Formal mock exam carried out in Nov for Topic 1

In class, mock assessment followed by an in depth feedback lesson

Formal mock exam carried out in Nov for Topic 1 and 2

Final Exam



A Knowledge Rich Curriculum at Selby High School

Research around memory suggests that if knowledge is studied once and not revisited or revised, it is not stored in the long-term memory.  This means that after one lesson, or revising for one test, the knowledge will not be retained unless it is studied again.  It won’t be recalled unless it is revisited frequently, which will embed it in the long term memory.  In the long term this makes recall far easier.  As part of home learning, students should be revising what they have been taught recently but also content they were taught previously.  Therefore as part of our strategy to embed learning over time we have started to develop knowledge organisers across all year groups and curriculum areas. These will provide key content and knowledge  allowing students to pre-learn and re-learn, a vital part of processing all the information required to be successful in the new style GCSE’s.

Instructions for using your knowledge organisers

KS3 = Years 7, 8 & 9
KS4 = Years 10 & 11

Below are the knowledge organisers for each topic in this subject.  These knowledge organisers will become embedded in the Learning Journeys for each topic as they are created on Ready Steady Learn.

1.1: Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
1.2: Spotting a Business Opportunity
1.4: Making the Business Effective

2.1: Growing the Business
2.2: Making Marketing Decisions
2.3: Marking Operational Decisions
2.4: Making Financial Decisions
2.5: Making Human Resources Decisions

Exam information for GSCE qualifications in this subject area

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Edexcel Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Business (1BS0)

  • Theme 1: Investigating small business
  • Theme 2: Building a business