Business Studies

Ms Ann-Marie Clare-Kelly

Miss Karen McLaughlin

 

In today’s economic climate, Business Studies and Business & Communications are important and worthwhile qualifications. No matter what you decide to do when you leave school, the chances are you will be involved in some way in a business. Business Studies helps you to understand more about how and why businesses operate in the way that they do.

 

Why study Business Studies?

In studying this course you will:

  • have an understanding of what is happening in the news;
  • learn about the perspectives of different stakeholders in business and economic activities;
  • understand the changing use of ICT in business and economic activities; and gain a knowledge of business that will provide a basis for possible further study.

 

What will I study?

Business Studies with CCEA

 

Unit 1: Business Start Up: You will study:

This unit will cover the three following themes.

Business Start Up: You will study how a business starts up and the importance of the role of the entrepreneur. You will also learn about the sources of finance.

Production: You will study the types and methods of production; quality assurance models and health and safety.

Marketing: You will learn about customers’ needs and wants. You will study: methods of market research and sampling; competition that a business may face; and the marketing mix (the four Ps – Price, Product, Promotion and Place).

 

Unit 2: Business Development:     This unit will the cover four following themes:

This unit will the cover four following themes.

Finance: You will have the opportunity to use ratio analysis to interpret final accounts. You will also use management accounting techniques to help you make decisions.

Managing People: You will learn about recruitment and selection; and developing people through training, motivation and appraisal.

Business Growth: You will study why a business succeeds or fails; and why it may grow. You will also study international business and E-Commerce.

Business Plan: You will learn about the content of business plans and the reasons for developing them. You will also have the opportunity to construct and to evaluate a business plan.

 

How will I be assessed?

There are two external assessments worth 35% and 40% respectively and one controlled assessment worth 25%.

 

Business Studies Unit 1: Theory

Unit 1 will be a written examination of 1 hour 20 minutes duration and will have structured questions.

This examination paper is worth 35% of the overall GCSE qualification.

 

Business Studies Unit2: Theory

The written examination for Unit 2 will be of 1 hour 40 minutes duration and will have three structured questions with an incline of difficulty.

This examination paper is worth 40% of the overall GCSE qualification.

 

Controlled Assessment:

You will complete one task from a range of tasks which CCEA will issue to centres.

Each task is worth 25% of the overall GCSE qualification.

 

Useful Links:

CCEA microsite – www.ccea.org.uk/business_studies

www.businesslink.gov.uk

www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

www.socialenterprise.org.uk

www.times.co.uk

www.instituteofcustomerservice.com

http://entrepreneur.virgin.com/ author/richard/

www.investni.com

www.virgin.com

www.bized.co.uk

www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk

www.bsi-global.com/en/Assessmentand-certification-services/management-systems/Standards-and Schemes/ISO-9001

www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/chartermark/

www.efqm.org

www.investorsinpeople.co.uk

www.times100.co.uk/case-study(Portakabin)

www.hseni.gov.uk

www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdog/action/detail?type=RESOURCES&itemId=1075219871

www.cim.co.uk/mediastore/10_minute_guides/10_min_Get_To_Grips_With_Competitors.pdf

www.thetimes100.co.uk/theory/theory—competition—154.php

www.times100.co.uk – case studies –First Group Intel

www.cim.co.uk/MediaStore/10_minute_guides/10_min_Marketing_Mix.pdf

www.thetimes100.co.uk/theory/theory–budgets-cashflow-forecasts–116.php

www.times100.co.uk – case studies –CIMA, Barclays, McCain foods

www.equalityni.org

www.times100.co.uk – case studies –British Gas, Siemens, Tesco

www.times100.co.uk – case studies –British Gas, Tesco

www.competition-commission.org.uk

http://europa.eu/www.allbusiness.com/government/725664-1.html

www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/europeandtrade/europe/benefits-eumembership/page22676.html

This specification aims to encourage students to:

  • develop a lifelong interest in business and enjoyment of business subjects;
  • be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course that could potentially lead to further related study;
  • actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective, independent learners and reflective thinkers;
  • use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish between facts and opinions in order to make informed judgements;
  • be familiar with relevant terms, concepts and methods and use these effectively to describe business and economic behaviour;
  • appreciate the range of perspectives that different stakeholders bring to business and economic activities;
  • consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable;
  • understand the changing role of ICT in business and economic activities;
  • recognise that their business knowledge, understanding and skills provide a basis for their future roles as active citizens; and
  • apply what they learn to deepen their understanding of current events and contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.

The key features of the specification appear below:

  • This is a unitised specification. This means that students have the opportunity to complete Unit 1: Use of ICT in the first year of teaching.
  • It emphasises practical ICT skills that enhance business activity.
  • It develops skills that are useful in a diverse range of employment roles.
  • It reflects the ways in which market environments are changing because of ICT, for example the rise of the e-business.
  • The course offers opportunities to build on the skills and capabilities developed through the delivery of the Key Stage 3 curriculum in Northern Ireland.

 

What will I study?

Use of ICT:

You will have the opportunity to develop your ICT skills in a business context.

You will learn how to use different types of software applications. These include:

  • word-processing;
  • spreadsheets;
  • charts;
  • databases;
  • presentations; and
  • email.

The Business Environment:

You will study:

  • types of business;
  • business aims;
  • stakeholders; and
  • uncertainty, risk, reward and change.

E-Commerce:

You will study how ICT has changed the business environment.

 

How will I be assessed?

There are two external assessments. Unit 1 is a computer-based exam worth 40% and Unit 2 is a written exam worth 35%. Unit 3 is one controlled assessment worth 25%.

Business and Communication Systems theory Unit 1:

Unit 1 is a computer-based examination of 2 hour’s duration and will test your ICT skills in a business context.

This examination is worth 40% of the overall GCSE qualification.

Business and Communication Systems theory Unit 2:

The written examination for Unit 2 is 1 hour long.

This examination paper is worth 35% of the overall GCSE qualification. 

E-commerce Unit 3:

This unit is assessed through controlled assessment. For this unit, you will design a website and explain its business rationale through a PowerPoint presentation.

This unit is worth 25% of the overall GCSE qualification.

 

Useful sites:

Unit 1: Use of ICT

www.mcil.co.uk

http://media.12pay.co.uk

Unit 2: The Business Environment

http://media.12pay.co.uk

www.asa.org.uk

www.businesslink.gov.uk

www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdog/action/detail?type=RESOURCESanditemId=1075219871

www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/third_sector/social_enterprise.aspx

www.cim.co.uk/mediastore/10_minute_guides/10_min_Get_To_Grips_With_Competitors.pdf

www.cim.co.uk/Media Store/10_minute_guides/10_min_ Marketing_Mix.pdf

www.instituteofcustomerservice.com

www.ofcom.org.uk

www.socialenterprise.org.uk

www.socialenterprisemag.co.uk

www.thetimes100.co.uk/theory/theory—competition—154.php

www.times.co.uk

www.12pay.co.uk

Unit 3: E-commerce

www.ebay.com

www.mcil.co.uk

www.next.com

www.tesco.com