GCSE Business

Unit 1 - Introduction to Small Business

  • Externally assessed at the end of Year 11 – worth 25% of final grade.

GCSE

Overview of content

This unit contains five topics:

  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Showing enterprise
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the start-up effective
  • Understanding the economic context.

Overview of assessment

  • External examination: 45 minutes
  • Compulsory multiple-choice and objective test questions with a total of 40 marks

Unit 2 - Investigating Small Business

  • Internally assessed – worth 25% of final grade.

Overview of content

  • Same content as Unit 1.

Overview of assessment

  • This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.
  • Students complete one Edexcel-set task with a total of 40 marks.
  • Research/investigation – approximately two weeks of curriculum of time (a maximum of six hours).
  • Analysis/evaluation of task (final write-up) – approximately one week of curriculum time (a maximum of three hours).
  • The task is internally marked by teachers and moderated by Edexcel.

Unit 3 - Building a Business

  • Extertally assessed – worth 50% of final grade.

GCSE

Overview of content

This unit contains five topics:

  • Marketing
  • Meeting customer needs
  • Effective financial management
  • Effective people management
  • The wider world affecting business.

Overview of assessment

  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Students will be required to answer all questions from Sections A, B and C.
  • 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.