GCSE Business – available from year 9 - 11.

Three year course; pupils are to take unit 1 in year 9, unit 3 year 10 and controlled assessment in year 11.

GCSE qualifications in business subjects should encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. Pupils who choose this engaging subject will engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring mind-set. They will have to be independent learners and will have to think critically, distinguish facts and opinions to build arguments and develop and apply knowledge to a range of local, national and global contexts. Pupils will also need to appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities and will learn to consider the extent to which business and economic activities are ethical and sustainable.

Unit 1 - Introduction to Small Business

Compulsory multiple-choice and objective test questions with a total of 40 marks, exam 45 minutes and externally assessed


25% of the total GCSE

Unit 2 - Investigating Small Business

Internally assessed under controlled conditions, Students complete one Edexcel-set task with a total of 40 marks, marked internally and moderated externally.

25% of the total GCSE

Unit 3 - Building a Business

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes, Questions will comprise of a combination of multiple-choice, short- and extended-answer, data response and scenario-based questions with a total of 90 marks.

50% of the total GCSE


Lifeskills is an optional subject that can be taken from Year 11 onwards.  It is a subject that is aimed at students wanting to enter the world of work before too long.  Students study various aspects of life to enhance their ability to survive and flourish in the adult world.  A particular emphasis is on recruitment issues e.g. finding and applying a job.  Money management, and building working relationships is also covered.  The course is flexible to a certain extent, so that the class’s needs and desires are taken into account.  The qualification(s) will be pass/fail and worth 1 GCSE at C grade.  The qualification can vary slightly depending on the class, but will be a combination of BTEC Level 2 Workskills and/or ASDAN short courses.