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GCSE Business Studies

Subject:

Business Studies

(3rd and 4th Year 2017)

Contact Teacher(s):

Mr P. Kelleher/Mr S. Curley

Lessons per Week:

2

Examination Board:

AQA

Specification No: 8132

Qualification:

GCSE

Course Content

1. Business in the real world

2. Influences on business

3. Business operations

4. Human resources

5. Marketing

6. Finance

Assessment

This qualification is linear which means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Paper 1 – Influences of operations and HRM on business activity (units 1-4)

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes , 90 marks, 50% of GCSE

Paper 2 – Influences of marketing and finance on business activity (units 1, 2, 5 and 6)

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes, 90 marks, 50% of GCSE

There are three sections in both papers:

·         Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 10 marks.

·         Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 40 marks.

·         Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 40 marks

Key assessment and Dates

Both exams will take place at the end of the 5th Year

Homework

One per week

Textbook

AQA GCSE (9-1) Second Edition Business by Malcolm Surridge and Andrew Gillespie.

GCSE Business Studies & Economics

Subject:

Business Studies and Economics (2BE01)

Current Fifth Form Only

Contact Teacher(s):

Mr P. Kelleher/Ms S. Bohan

Lessons per Week: 2

Examination Board:

Edexcel

Specification no: (2BE01)

5BS01- 25%

5BS02- 25%

5BS05- 50%

Qualification:

GCSE

Course Content

BS01- Introduction to Small Business (25%)

Studied in the 4th Year

BS02- Investigating Business- Controlled Assessment (25%)

Completed in the 5th Year

BS05- Introduction to Economic Understanding (50%)

Studied in the 5th Year

Controlled assessment titles- (Completed in 5th year)

Unit 2- Investigating Business is centred round the encouragement of students to carry out research and investigation on an element of Unit 1 of the specification. They have to produce a piece of work based on the investigation carried out, and framed by a task that is designed to encourage the higher order skills of analysis and evaluation.

The pupils will be given a choice of five questions from the exam board, Edexcel, of which they must answer one.  The choice of question will be left to their discretion.  The total time allowed for the Controlled Assessment is 9 hours. There are 6 hours allocated for research (3 hours at home and 3 hours at School) and 3 hours allocated for the write-up section of the Controlled Assessment.  This is completed under examination conditions during lessons.  The Controlled Assessment will be completed in September 2017.

Key assessment and Dates

BS01  and BS05 are both assessed at the end of the 5th year

Homework

One per week.

Textbook/Materials/Visits

Edexcel Introduction to a Small Business Textbook

Edexcel Introduction to Economic Understanding Textbook

A-Level Business

Subject:

A-Level Business

Contact Teacher(s):

Mr S. Curley/Mr P. Kelleher/Ms S. Bohan

Lessons per Week:

5

Examination Board:

AQA

Specification No: 7131, 7132

Qualification:

A-Level

Course Content

·         1 What is business?

·         2 Managers, leadership and decision making

·         3 Decision making to improve marketing performance

·         4 Decision making to improve operational performance

·         5 Decision making to improve financial performance

·         6 Decision making to improve human resource performance

·         7 Analysing the strategic position of a business (A-level only)

·         8 Choosing strategic direction (A-level only)

·         9 Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies (A-level only)

·         10 Managing strategic change (A-level only)

Assessment (based on doing A-Level and not AS level)

Paper 1- Business 1 (based on all contents above)

Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks in total, 33.3% of A-Level

There are three compulsory sections:

·         Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks.

·         Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks.

·         Sections C and D have two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) worth 25 marks each.

Paper 2- Business 2 (based on all contents above)

Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks in total, 33.3% of A-Level

Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

Paper 3- Business 3 (based on all contents above)

Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks in total, 33.3% of A-Level

One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions

Key assessment and Dates

Based on the new system introduced in 2017, all three examinations will take place in the second year of study.

Homework

One per week

Textbook

AQA A-Level Business by Malcolm Surridge and Andrew Gillespie

A-Level Economics

Subject:

A-Level Economics

Contact Teacher(s):

Mr Curley/Mrs Kaur Hender

Lessons per Week:

5

Examination Board:

Edexcel

Specification No:

 9EC0

Qualification:

A-Level

Course Content

The A level specification is structured into four themes. In this structure students are introduced to core economic concepts and principles and develop an understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic issues, before building on this core knowledge and understanding to consider more complex issues and wider contexts.

In this thematic approach, progression is continuous as students develop their knowledge and understanding throughout the course of study. Students use economic models to help them understand the complexities of the world around them, and use data to help them analyse markets and economies, and how governments try to influence both. Students are introduced to different perspectives, aspects of economic history and develop an understanding of economic issues.

Assessment (based on doing A-Level and not AS level)

Paper 1- Assessing theme 1 and 3- 2 hour paper- 35% of A level

Paper 2- Assessing theme 2 and 4- 2 hour paper- 35% of A level

Paper 3- Assessing all themes- 30% of A level

Key assessment and Dates

Based on the new system introduced in 2017, all three examinations will take place in the second year of study in 2019

Homework

One per week

Textbook

Edexcel AS/A Level Economics Student book (2015) - Alain Anderton

ISBN-13: 978-1447990550