Real life and relevant

The Business Studies GCSE is both innovative and enlightening and the emphasis is on giving students the opportunity to apply their own knowledge to specific business and economic situations.  Enterprise is the key!  Business will enhance learning and understanding across a wide range of skills.  The course is very dynamic and students will constantly refer to real life situations and events in business.  An awareness of local, national and global news is essential as part of the course and outside speakers and visits are used to enhance their studies.  As ICT plays such a critical role in 21st Century business we have regular access to computer facilities for all our GCSE students.

Why study Business

Life isn’t like the Dragon’s Den or The Apprentice all the time but we will ensure you are very well equipped for your own future if you choose Business Studies as one of your GCSE options.  It is an exciting time to study business.  Do you really understand what is going on in the economy?  Could you set up and run your own business?  Do you understand how businesses market their products and services to us?  This course will provide all the answers and more and could genuinely set you up for life.

Assessment and Content of the Course

The course is divided into three key elements.

  • The first exam focuses on ‘An Introduction to Small Business’ which is data response based and worth 25% of the overall grade
  • Unit 2 is a Controlled Assessment which is based on Entrepreneurship and Marketing issues and again forms a further 25% of the overall grade – this is usually completed in Term 1 of Year 11.
  • The final 50% of the course is based around a case study based exam relating to Unit 3 ‘Building a Business’.


Following completion of this course students will be very well equipped to move onto a wide range of business and economics based courses particularly the Edexcel AS/A2 Business Studies course which is an excellent progression and run here at Lady Lumley’s.  A high proportion of our students also continue their studies at university or through apprenticeships in industry.  Who knows, we could see some genuine entrepreneurs of the future produced through this course.


If you enjoy:

  • Communicating and explaining your ideas.
  • Thinking creatively and making decisions.
  • Working with numbers to solve business problems.
  • Learning about the world of business through research and investigation.

Then GCSE Business Studies is for you.


For more information please see Mr Varey.