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2017 Year 11's GCSE Business Studies and 2016-2018 Year 10 GCSE Business Studies


http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-business-studies-j253-from-2012/

Course Specifications:
2017/2018 Course Title: GCSE Business Studies

Examination Board: OCR


Entry Requirements (if appropriate): Not Applicable


Contact: Mrs T Goodrick


Course Aims:

The aims of this specification are to encourage candidates to be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. The course allows candidates to gain an insight into related sectors such as economics and accounting which will prepare candidates to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices. Candidates will learn to appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities.

The qualification will also enable candidates to engage actively in the study of business in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds; to use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements; to develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts; to appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities; to consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable and to appreciate diversity and recognise similarities and differences of attitudes and cultures in society.

Course Description:

This is a broad-based qualification providing a practical introduction to marketing and enterprise; examines how businesses relate to employees, other stakeholders, production, finance and the external business environment.
How will I learn:

Candidates learn, through a range of practical activities based on scenarios about businesses. Controlled assignments consist of an integrated assignment set by OCR worth 25% of the GCSE. There are two examinations – both written, worth 25% and 50%, where candidates use answer questions based on scenarios.

Possible Career Pathways:

Candidates gain skills that are useful in further study and in jobs in many different areas, including business administration.

Course Specifications

Course Title:
GCSE Business Studies for teaching to pupils in Year 9 from 2017
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-business-j204-from-2017/
Examination Board: OCR

Entry Requirements (if appropriate): Not Applicable


Contact: Mrs T Goodrick


Course Aims:
Encourage candidates to be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It allows candidates to gain an insight into related sectors such as economics and accounting; prepares candidates to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices and assists candidates to appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities.

Course Description:
Engage actively in the study of business in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as 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
  • Appreciate diversity


There are 2 main components to the GCSE:

Written Examination Paper Business 1– Business activity, marketing and people (50%) expects pupils to understand the structure and needs of businesses, marketing and their workforces.
Written Examination Paper Business 2 – Production, finance and the external business environment (50%) looks at managing resources to produce goods and services; financial information and decision making and external influences on business activity.
Areas covered include:


Public and Private Sector

Business and the Internet

Advertising and Promotions

Product Life Cycles

Stakeholders

Pricing Promotions/Strategies

Marketing and Enterprise

Business Ethics

Production, Finance and the External Business Environment

Business and People

Customer services

Business Law

Possible Career Pathways:
Candidates gain skills that could be used to study further Business courses or in order to enter the jobs market in many different areas, including business administration, business finance, marketing and human resources.