Subject: Business Head of Department: Ms Shah
Exam board, syllabus code and title:

Edexcel  GCSE in Business Studies (2BS01),


Autumn Term (term 1 and 2) Y9

Students cover the following – Market mapping and segmentation, customer profiles, what the customer thinks, advertising, methods of advertising, logos and some branding, ACCESSFM, questionnaires and surveys (primary research).  A PLC (1) has been created and conduced, with scores recorded.

Spring Term (term 3 and 4) Y9

Students to cover: Event planning, organisational departments and structures, further branding, quality, creating a balanced argument, creating rules and protocols for a sports centre, Planning Time, Health and Safety protocols, Rights at work, batch production, industry sectors and relevant job skills. PLC 2 will be issued to ascertain students’ levels.

Summer Term (term 5 and 6) Y9

Students take part in small groups for their end of year Enterprise project; a summative presentation building on everything they have learned in the Autumn Term and Spring Term.  The presentations will count toward a final, overall grade to enable to prepare them for Unit 10 in Year 10.
Autumn Term (term 1 and 2)  

Students cover topic 1.1 –Spotting a business opportunity. Students cover understanding customer needs, market mapping, competition, added value and franchising. Term 2 they cover topic 1.2 – Showing enterprise. They look at enterprise skills, invention and innovation, and taking calculated risks.

Spring Term (term 3 and 4)  Y10

Students study topic 1.3 – Putting a business idea into practice. They consider the objectives when starting up, estimating revenues, costs and profits, cash flows, the business plan and obtaining finance. Term 4 they cover topic 1.4 – Making the start-up effective – that covers marketing, the importance of limited liability, ownership structures, and customer satisfaction.

Summer Term  (term 5 and 6) Y10

Students complete a recruitment project and study 1.5 – The economic context. Here they learn about demand and supply, interest rates, exchange rates, the business cycle and stakeholders. Students also complete a practice controlled assessment and take part in a practical enterprise type project.
Autumn Term (term 1 and 2)  Y11

Students either continue with the GCSE course or start the BTEC level 2 course

GCSE–In year 11 they focus on unit 3 – Building a Business They  complete  3.1 and 3.2 which covers marketing, product trial, product lifecycle, branding, stock control, competitiveness, consumer laws and customer service.

Btec students complete Unit1 – Enterprise in the business world. In this unit they look at the external factors that impact business, what makes a successful business and write a business plan.
Spring Term (term 3 and 4)  Y11

Students study 3.3 which covers finance – cash flow forecasting, improving profit, break-even charts and financing growth.  Also 3.4 is studied which covers organisational structure, motivation theory, remuneration and communication. They also complete the controlled assessment which is unit 2 of the course.

BTEC students complete assignments for unit 8 – Recruitment and Selection. Here they prepare for a job interview, take part in the interview and evaluate it. They also look at the organisational structure in business. They also study unit 2 – Finance and take the external finance exam which covers types of costs, calculating profit, cash flow forecasting, budgeting, break-even, profit and loss accounts and balance sheets.

Summer Term  (term 5 and 6) Y11

GCSE students study 3.5 which considers ethics, environmental issues, the impact of the EU and international trade. They also revise for their examinations.

BTEC students complete an assignment for Unit 3 Promoting a Brand. Here they consider the benefits of branding, investigate different brands and create their own brand.

How we assess students:

There is an internal test after each topic. At the end of year 10 students complete a mock paper and in year 11 they also complete a mock paper. The external exam takes place at the end of year 11. It consists of a multi-choice paper (25%) and controlled assessment research project(25%) and a longer written paper(50%)

The BTEC students complete 3 units which each consist of 2 written assignments. They also have an online Finance test.

PLCs have been created for Year 9.

How homework is set: This is set weekly for each class. Students can be asked to research a topic, complete written exercises, learn key terms and complete assignments.
How parents/carers can support their child: They can encourage the student to take an interest in the events taking place in the world. They can also encourage their children to watch business based tv programmes. They can also help them choose a suitable business to research for the controlled assessment. It would be useful for each child to have a business revision book.
Useful links:,  gcse  bitesize, Google Drive.

Reading list:

Edexcel GCSE, Introduction to Small business, Building a Business, CPG Business Studies Revision book