Business Studies

Examination Board: OCR
Specification: J204
Qualification: GCSE

Head of Department:
Mr Andy Simms

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Business Studies Assessment:

This is a new specification for 2017. The course is structured over two years. Pupils will undertake the OCR GCSE qualification in Business Studies grades 9-1.

The course will be structured as follows:

Year 10
Pupils will begin the course by studying Business Unit 1 , covering issues linked to business activity, marketing and people.

Year 11
Pupils will then undertake the 2nd Business Unit during this year covering the operational, financial and external influences side of business.

Students will be entered for two units to claim their overall GCSE qualification grade (9-1) in Business Studies. The weighting and assessment for each is as follows:
Unit Business 1: Business Activity, Marketing and People is worth 50% of the GCSE grade
Unit Business 2: Operations, Finance and the External Influences on Business is worth the remaining 50% of the GCSE.

Each unit as a total of 80 marks and is assessed with a written paper of a duration of 1 hour 30 minutes each. Both papers will have a mix of multi-choice knowledge based questions worth 15 marks and then a mix of small, medium and extended response style questions, worth a total of 65 marks, based on a piece of real business context stimulus material.

Course content:

Business Studies can be seen as a departure from areas of work studied up to the end of Year 9 in that it requires a good deal of common sense as well as commercial aptitude. It deals with the understanding of setting up and running of a business, the way in which the external environment impacts on business activity, how businesses are structured and organised, the way in which businesses behave through marketing, finance and the employment of workers. As part of the course pupils will be required to use ICT and involve themselves in the more applied aspects of the business world.


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