The Business Studies GCSE is divided into six parts.
Part 1 - Business in the real world: This part of the course introduces our students to the subject. It
considers the purpose of business ac=vity, the role of business enterprise and entrepreneurship, and
the dynamic nature of business. While studying this unit students will encounter the different legal
forms a business can take, the goals they set themselves, how they decide where to locate and how
they plan their ac=vi=es. Both this part of the course, and part 2 relate to the four func=onal areas of
business (business opera=ons, human resources, marke=ng and finance) that are covered in parts 3
Part 2 - Influences on business: All businesses are influenced by external factors and this unit
considers some of the most important of these, including technology, the economic climate,
globalisa=on and the law.
Part 3 - Business Opera=ons: Discover the different ways that businesses produce goods and
services, how they manage their stock and suppliers, and how they aPempt to produce high quality
products and provide excellent customer service.
Part 4 - Human Resources: Topics within this part of the course include how businesses structure
their organisa=ons, how they recruit and select new employees and how they mo=vate and train
those employees once they start work.
Part 5 - Marke=ng: This chapter encompasses the ways in which businesses iden=fy, understand and
target their customers with adver=sing and other methods of promo=ng their products. This will
help our students understand how businesses discover the needs of their customers using market
Part 6 - Finance: The final part of the course helps the students understand how businesses raise the
finance they need to establish and expand their businesses. It also shows how businesses manage
their cash, calculate their profits (or losses) and use financial data to judge their performance.
The Business Studies GCSE is assessed through two examina=ons.
Paper 1: Influences of opera=ons and HRM (Human Resource Management) on business ac=vity.
This examina=on is worth a maximum of 90 marks and comprises 50% of the GCSE result. It lasts for
one hour and 45 minutes and covers:
Business in the real world Business opera=ons
Influences on business Human Resources
Paper 2: Influences of marke=ng and finance on business ac=vity. This examina=on is worth a
maximum of 90 marks and comprises 50% of the GCSE result. It lasts for one hour and 45 minutes
Business in the real world Marke=ng
Influences on business Finance
Both examina=on papers have three sec=ons:
Sec=on A: mul=ple choice and short answer ques=ons worth 10 marks.
Sec=on B: a short case study with ques=ons worth approximately 40 marks.
Sec=on C: a short case study with ques=ons worth approximately 40 marks.
Interven=ons for students falling behind/struggling
During the course, con=nuous assessments will be carried out to ensure that students have a sound
understanding and applica=on of the topics covered. Con=nuous, responsive feedback is provided
throughout the course to ensure that students are making good progress. Should it become apparent
that a student is struggling with a specific area or aspect of a topic, individual support will also be
provided from the subject teacher to ensure they feel confident in their understanding of the topic.
We recommend revision for the subject in years 10 and 11. Approximately 30-45 minutes per week
in year 10 and 45-60 minutes per week in year 11.
Useful website links
The AQA website provides informa=on on the specifica=on of the GCSE Business Studies course, as
well as support and resources, and past papers (under ‘Assessment Resources’):
This BBC resource is split into the 6 parts described above in the overview. Each sec=on provides
revision content, supported by a short video, and has a test that allows students to check their
understanding and progress:
Tutor2U has a ‘revision blast’ resource on their YouTube page that is split into topics: Business Basics,
People, Opera=ons, Marke=ng, and Finance: