Business is a course that students opt to study for GCSE and at Level 3 in the sixth form. We offer opportunities for students to study an exciting opportunity to try a new subject not studied at KS3 and find a subject that can relate to the real world and the community outside the classroom. This WJEC course is broken down into two external modules:

Unit 1: Business World (written examination) 2 hours (62.5%)
Unit 2: Business Perceptions (written examination) 1 hour 30 mins (37.5%)
The content is presented in six clear and distinct topic areas:
• Business activity
• Influences on business
• Business operations
• Finance
• Marketing
• Human resources

This GCSE specification introduces learners to the business world, empowering them to develop as commercially minded and enterprising individuals. Learners 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. This specification builds on subject content which is typically taught at key stage 3 and provides a suitable foundation for the study of Business at either AS or A level. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject.

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GCSE Business

Whilst studying Business at Key Stage 4 is not essential to study this subject at level 3, it is strongly recommended at least a Grade C in both English and Mathematics are achieved before starting the course. Obviously, an interest in the business world is taken for granted, as is the desire to increase knowledge and engage in problem solving.
Pearson’s Level 3 specification in Business enables learners to investigate different types and sizes of organisations in various business sectors and environments, drawing on local, national and global contexts. Learners will develop a holistic understanding of business and enterprise and be aware of the opportunities and threats of operating in a global marketplace. The course is broken down into 6 units which are all coursework and internally assessed:
• Unit 1 The Business Environment
• Unit 2 Business Resources
• Unit 3 Marketing
• Unit 4 Business Communication
• Unit 5 Business Finance
• Unit 21 Aspects of Contract & Consumer Law
Students will be expected to be familiar with current issues in business and be able to investigate, analyse and evaluate contemporary business opportunities and problems in a wide range of contexts, whilst recognising how businesses adapt to operate in a dynamic business environment.

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Business is one of the biggest subject areas in higher education, both as a subject in its own right and because it forms part of so many other courses; Business Management, Business Administration, Accountancy and Finance, Marketing, etc. If you are likely to be taking such courses then studying Business at level 3 will give you a good basic grounding and make studying easier at this later stage.