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GCSE Business Course

Exam Board and Specification Code: Edexcel (4BS1)

The Course
The course is an excellent introduction into the world of business.  It is designed to give students a sound understanding of both small start-ups and larger businesses in the context of both UK and international markets.  There are five topic areas covering: Business Activity and Influences on Business, People in Business, Business Finance, Marketing and Business Operations. Business combines with any other arts or science subjects at IGCSE. A good grade at IGCSE can enable you to go on to study for A Level Business or an equivalent qualification.

What skills do I need?

· know and understand business terminology, concepts and issues

· apply this knowledge and understanding appropriately in different business contexts

· analyse business issues and make suitable judgements based on evidence

· calculate and interpret business data using basic numeracy skills

· have a good grasp of both written and verbal communication.

How is the course assessed?
The course is assessed by two written papers. Both papers are 1 hour 30 minutes in length and draw on topics from all five sections of the syllabus as follows:

· Paper 1 (4BS1/01) Investigating Small Businesses, consists of four questions requiring a mixture of
multiple choice answers, short answers (1-6 marks) and extended responses (9-12 marks). This paper is worth 50% of the total marks.

· Paper 2  (4BS1/02) Investigating Large Businesses, consists of four questions requiring a mixture of
multiple choice answers, short answers (1-6 marks) and extended responses (9-12 marks). This paper is worth 50% of the total marks.

Reading

Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) Business Student Book 4th Edition Paperback

By Rob Jones, Published by Pearson, ISBN 978-0435188634

Some useful web sources:

• https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-gcses-and-edexcel-certificates/business-2017.html

• www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zkc2jhv/revision/1sebitesize/business/

• www.bbc.co.uk/news/business

www.tutor2u.net/business/blog/gcse-igcse-business-studies-revision-notes-master-listing

 

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