Business Studies is a very popular option due to its relevancy to the world of work and the current economy. It is a fast paced course, which explores, analyses and evaluates the activities and actions of businesses, small and large. The course material draws on current events and activities, as well as from real business. Throughout the course students will be researching real businesses and analysing the impact decisions on the success (or decline) of the business. Therefore students will be using case studies to analyse and draw conclusions, justifying reasons in context. In addition, there is an element of “learning by doing” through the use of class games and competitions. Students should be interested in what is happening in the business world, coupled with the impacts of political and social activities and decisions on businesses.
Key Stage 4 / GCSE (Edexcel) Course Information
Theme 1 – Investigating small business.
This unit is about exploring small business through the lens of an entrepreneur and will cover the following five topics: enterprise and entrepreneurship; spotting a business opportunity; putting a business idea into practice; making a business effective and understanding external influence on business.
Theme 2 – Building a big business.
This unit is about exploring big business and investigate business growth. The unit will cover the following five topics: growing the business; making marketing decisions; making operational decisions; making financial decisions and making human resource decisions.