individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively to demonstrate business acumen, and draw on evidence to make informed business decisions and solve business problems
● develop as effective and independent students, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
● use an enquiring, critical approach to make informed judgements
● investigate and analyse real business opportunities and issues to construct well-argued, well- evidenced, balanced and structured arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of business
● develop and apply quantitative skills relevant to business, including using and interpreting
Business contexts
Through studying this qualification students will:
● apply knowledge and understanding to different business contexts. These include businesses ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts
● develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour
● use business terminology to identify and explain business activity
● apply business concepts to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
Business decision making
Through studying this qualification students will:
● apply knowledge and understanding to business decision making, including: o the interdependent nature of business activity, influences on business, business operations, finance, marketing and human resources; and how these interdependencies underpin business decision making o how different business contexts affect business decisions to the use and limitation of quantitative and qualitative data in making business decisions
● develop problem-solving and decision-making skills relevant to business
● investigate, analyse and evaluate business opportunities and issues
● make justified decisions using both qualitative and quantitative data, including its selection,
interpretation, analysis and evaluation, and the application of appropriate quantitative skills.
Topics covered in each year group
Year 9 Level One: Introduction to Business
Topics covered:
Branding a Product
Developing a Progression Plan
Definitions of branding, logo and strapline Consideration of target market Consideration of design
Autumn Term 2
Assessment portfolio work– creating a brand Assessment portfolio work – producing a presentation Benefits and purpose of developing a progression plan Finding out about progression opportunities
Setting a progression goal
Spring Term 1
General Business Studies Concepts: Sectors of production
Business Functions
Added Value
Spring Term 2
Assessment portfolio work – producing a presentation
Summer Term 1
Identifying the skills and behaviours needed to meet progression goal
Reviewing own skills and behaviours against progression goal
Summer Term 2
Creating a progression plan
Sources of information about progression opportunities and requirements
Producing a progression plan – assessment portfolio work
Year 10 Edexcel GCSE Business Studies
Topics covered:
Topic 1.1 Enterprise and entrepreneurship Topic 1.2 Spotting a business opportunity Topic 1.3 Putting a business idea into practice Topic 1.4 Making the business effective
Topic 1.5 Understanding external influences on business
Topic 2.1 Growing the business
Topic 2.2 Making marketing decisions Topic 2.3 Making operational decisions Topic 2.4 Making financial decisions
Topic 2.5 Making human resource decisions
Topics will be covered based on the following timescale:
Autumn Term 1
Dynamic Nature of Business
Risks and Rewards
Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Customer Needs
Market Research
Market segmentation and mapping
Autumn Term 2
Competitive environment Aims and Objectives Franchising
Business Ownership ad Liability
Spring Term 1
Business Location Sales Revenue, Costs and Profit Marketing Mix Business Planning Stakeholders
Spring Term 2
Sources of Finance
Customer Satisfaction
Summer Term 1
Technology and Business
External Influences: The Business Cycle
Summer Term 2
External Influences: Employment and Tax Interest Rates Exchange Rates
Inflation and income levels
Year 11 Edexcel GCSE Business Studies
Autumn Term 1
Business Growth
Financing Growth
Changes in Aims and Objectives
International Trade
Autumn Term 2
The Environment Product and the Product Life Cycle The Design Mix Pricing Strategies Promotion
Spring Term 1
Production and operations
Stock Control
Procurement and Suppliers
Spring Term 2
Organisational Structures
Different ways of working Recruitment and Selection Training and Motivation Renumeration
Summer Term 1
Assessment Activities
Updated March 2021
Subject leader Mrs P Jackson
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