Business Studies

GCSE Business Studies

Examination board: OCR

Aims and outline of the Course:
Business Studies involves the investigation of how enterprise adds value by organising the production of goods and services. Using case studies, Business Studies ensures that students have knowledge, understanding and experience of the real world of business organisation.  The subject content attempts to match the way the real world of business operates and includes the external environment, the ownership and control of business, the aims and objectives of business, the management of people within a business, finance, production and marketing.
The course employs an analytical, evaluative and investigative approach to the study of Business Studies with the integration of Information Technology. This will require students to both understand the dynamic environment in which businesses operate to be able to appreciate the many varied factors that impact upon business activity and behaviour in the twenty-first century.

Subject Specific Skills Taught:

  • Problem solving e.g. researching business problems
  • Decision making within business context
  • Evaluate qualitative and quantitative data
  • Creative and imaginative e.g. simulation exercises based on Apprentice and Dragons’ Den-style type tasks.
  • Business communication
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion

Outline of Assessment Procedure:
Unit A291 Marketing and enterprise
Controlled assessment

  • Approx 16 hours – 60 marks
  • 25% of the qualification
  • Candidates select one of the two controlled assessment tasks made available by OCR.

Unit A292 Business and people
Written paper

  • 1 hour – 60 marks
  • 25% of the qualification
  • Question paper: 2 short-answer data-response questions. Candidates answer both questions.

Unit A293 Production, finance and the external business environment
Written paper

  • 1 hour 30 mins – 90 marks
  • 50% of the qualification
  • Question paper: 3 questions based on a pre-released case study. Candidates answer all questions.

Career Opportunities:
Business Studies is useful and relevant for any type of organisation or career choice.  Clearly, marketing, finance, personnel and production related careers specifically involve areas that students may learn about on a business course.
The following link will take you to the examination board specification:

Further information about the course can be found there.

Edexcel Business A Level

At Weald of Kent we recognise the need for students to learn skills that will prepare them for their chosen career. This course comprises both a theoretical and a practical understanding of business and the wider economic environment in which businesses operate. Therefore, the Business A Level develops a number of important skills that will help students progress in their careers. Such skills include; excellent communication skills, numeracy, in depth analysis of data as well as the ability to analyse and evaluate the outcomes of a variety of business and economic situations. An interest in current affairs related to the economy and the business environment will be beneficial, but it is not necessary to have studied Business Studies or Economics at GCSE level.

Aims & Outcomes:

Business gives students problem solving tools to tackle traditional problems which arise within a dynamic business environment. You will learn about the diverse nature of business enterprise and the interdependence of the various parts of the business world. You will explore business success and business failure, investigate local, national and global business markets. Students will also understand how businesses need to adapt and respond strategically to the changing environment in which they operate to survive and grow.

Subject Content:

The course is structured into four themes:

Theme 1: Marketing and People.Included in Theme 1 are topics such as “The Market”, “Meeting Customer Needs”, “The Marketing Mix and Marketing Strategy”, “Entrepreneurs and Leaders” and “Managing People”.

Theme 2: Managing Business Activities.

Included in Theme 2 are topics such as “Raising Finance”, “Financial Planning”, “Managing Finance”, “Resource Management” and “The External Business Environment”.

Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy.

Included in Theme 3 are topics such as “Business Growth”, “Business Objectives and Strategy”, “Decision-Making Techniques”, “Influences on Business Decisions”, “Assessing Competitiveness” and ”Managing Change”.

Theme 4: Global Business.

Included in Theme 4 are such topics as “Globalisation”, “Global Markets and Business Expansion”, “Global Marketing” and “Multi National Corporations”.


Students will be assessed by three externally examined papers in May/June of Year 13.

Paper 1: Paper 1 questions will be drawn from Themes 1 and 4. This is a 2hr exam which comprises of data response and essay questions (35% of total qualification).

Paper 2: Paper 2 questions will be drawn from Themes 2 and 3. This is a 2hr exam which comprises of data response and essay questions (35% of total qualification).

Paper 3: Paper 3 questions will be drawn from Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4. This is a 2hr exam which will be based on a pre-released research task (30% of total qualification).

Exam Board: Edexcel

Career Opportunities: 
A Level Business is useful and relevant for any type of organisation or career choice. There are numerous professions where Business will prove useful including; Accountancy, Advertising, Banking, Retail, Human Resources Manager, Insurance and Marketing.


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