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Subject: GCSE Business (9-1)

Key Stage 4 Overview

This course will equip you with the understanding of the business world, which you will enter after finishing school/college/university. You will be able to make informed decisions and put forward arguments to persuade others. You will have the knowledge to help you set up a business of your own. The skills you learn such as evaluation and problem solving will be useful in a number of other subjects. Business can lead on to many qualifications and is a good stepping-stone for you in A Level subjects, especially Economics, Accountancy and of course A Level Business. You will develop life skills that enable you to become financially and commercially aware.

 

The course is divided into topics, each covering key concepts of business:

  • Business activity, including the different ways to set up a business.
  • Marketing, including advertising, development of products, setting the best price.
  • People, including how businesses get the right staff and keep them working well.
  • Operations, including how businesses produce the things we buy.
  • Finance, including how businesses get the money to set up and operate and how they make a profit.
  • Influences on businesses, including the environment and how many businesses are operating around the world.

Exam Board

OCR

Qualification type

GCSE

Assessment

The GCSE (9–1) in Business is a linear qualification with 100% external assessment. The GCSE (9–1) in Business consists of two examined components that are externally assessed. Each component carries an equal weighting of 50% of the GCSE (9–1) qualification. Each examination has a duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Each paper is worth 80 marks and is split into two sections. Section A contains multiple choice questions. This section of the component is worth 15 marks. Section B includes short, medium and extended response style questions which use stimulus material that draws on real business contexts. This section of the component is worth 65 marks.

Year 9

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Business activity

  • 1.1 The role of business enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • 1.2 Business planning
  • 1.3 Business ownership
  • 1.4 Business aims and objectives
  • 1.5 Stakeholders in business
  • 1.6 Business growth

Marketing

  • 2.1 The role of marketing
  • 2.2 Market research
  • 2.3 Market segmentation
  • 2.4 The marketing mix

People

  • 3. 1 The role of human resources
  • 3.2 Organisational structures and different ways of working
  • 3.3 Communication in business
  • 3.4 Recruitment and selection
  • 3.5 Motivation and retention
  • 3.6 Training and development
  • 3.7 Employment law

 

Year 10

 

 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Operations

  • 4.1 Production processes
  • 4.2 Quality of goods and services
  • 4.3 The sales process and customer service
  • 4.4 Consumer law
  • 4.5 Business location
  • 4.6 Working with suppliers 

Finance

  • 5.1 The role of the finance function
  • 5.2 Sources of finance
  • 5.3 Revenue, costs, profit and loss
  • 5.4 Break-even
  • 5.5 Cash and cash flow

Influences on business

  • 6.1 Ethical and environmental considerations
  • 6.2 The economic climate
  • 6.3 Globalisation

 

The interdependent nature of business

  • the interdependent nature of business operations, finance, marketing and human resources within a business context
  • how these interdependencies underpin business decision-making
  • the impact of risk & reward on business activity
  • the use of financial information in measuring and understanding business performance and decision-making.

Year 11

 

 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Recap, Revision and Preparation for Trial Exams

  • Business activity
  • Marketing
  • People
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Influences on business
  • The interdependent nature of business 

Exam Technique and Preparation for Actual Exams

  • Business activity
  • Marketing
  • People
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Influences on business
  • The interdependent nature of business

Exam Technique and Preparation for Actual Exams

  • Business activity
  • Marketing
  • People
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Influences on business
  • The interdependent nature of business

Useful websites/resources

BBC Bitesize - www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/business

GCSEPod - www.gcsepod.com

BusinessEd - www.businessed.co.uk/index.php/home/theory/gcse/ocr-gcse-9-1-public

Tutor2u – www.tutor2u.net/business/topics

Youtube - www.youtube.com/channel/UCE9uWsZ2C3NYzzKRIo_mntw

Recommended revision guide

CGP GCSE Business 9-1 - Complete Revision and Practice (with Online Edition)