You might have an interest in business, and may want to start your own business one day. You may have an enquiring mind and be interested in learning about the world around you.
The GCSE (9-1) Business is a great qualification for students to start studying Business nationally and internationally. Taught by specialist teachers using a wide range of teaching methods and interactive resources including trips, competitions and speakers.
Housed in the historic core of Queen's College the department, known as The Covers, comprises purpose-designed classrooms fully equipped with the latest technology. GCSE (9-1) Business begins in Year 10 and students do not need to have studied business before taking the course, although have an option to take a one year introductory course as an option in Year 9.
Introducing the world of business, students look at what makes someone a successful entrepreneur or business leader. They find out how to develop an idea and spot an opportunity, and turn that into a successful business. Students gain an understanding of how to make a business effective and manage money well. They experience how the world around them affects businesses and all the people involved.
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You will start by exploring the world of small businesses through the lens of an entrepreneur. How and why do business ideas come about? What makes a successful business?
You will learn how to develop an idea, spot an opportunity and turn it into a successful business. You will understand how to make a business effective, manage money and see how the world around us affects small businesses and all the people involved.
Then you will move on to investigating business growth. How does a business develop beyond the start-up phase? You will learn about key business concepts and issues and decisions you need to make when growing a business and working in a global business. You will learn about meeting customer needs, making marketing, operational, financial and human resourcing decisions and you will explore how the wider world impacts the business as it grows.
There is no coursework and at the end of the course, you take 2 Exam papers. Each exam is 90 minutes long and comprises of three sections. Within each paper, the three sections are ramped, starting with multiple-choice questions, moving to short answer questions and ending with extended writing. Sections B and C are based on real life, relevant business contexts and examples.