The course introduces students to the business world, empowering them
to develop as commercially minded and enterprising individuals. Students will have
the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, enabling them to use business
information critically, to develop arguments, to make justified decisions and to
prepare them for further study and career pathways.
The course covers 6 distinct topic areas:
- Business activity
- Influences on business
- Business operations
- Human resources
There are no previous learning requirements for this course.
This GCSE specification in Business will enable learners to:
- actively engage in the study of business to develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring
use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build
arguments and make informed judgements
develop and apply business knowledge, understanding and skills tocontemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
appreciate a range of perspectives on the impacts of business on wider
consider the extent to which business activity can be ethical and support sustainable development
develop and apply quantitative skills relevant to business including using and interpreting data
apply and relate knowledge and understanding to real enterprise and
business opportunities, decision making and scenarios.
This is a linear qualification in which all assessments must be taken at the end of the course.
The qualification is made up of two units.
Both units assess content from all six topic areas,
so students will be required to draw together knowledge, skills and understanding from
across the subject content in each assessment.
Written examination: 2 hours
62.5% of qualification
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
37.5% of qualification
Exam Access Arrangements
Exam access arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs,
disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the
demands of the assessment.
For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding
Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable
We can arrange exam access arrangements and assess you with our special
The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits exams.
To find out more about Exam access arrangements click here
You can choose from the following study options:
- Online classes only
- Blended learning – Classes at the campus and online
- Distance learning course