Business GCSE

GCSE Business Course - AQA

The new specification will give you the opportunity to explore real business issues and how businesses work. The clear and straightforward structure supports teaching and learning.

You will consider the practical application of business concepts and explore theories in the most relevant way, through the context of events in the business and economic world.

The knowledge and skills gained from this specification will provide your students with a firm foundation for further study.

Business Studies GCSE - AQA

Aims and Learning Outcomes

The GCSE Business course should encourage candidates to:

Actively engage in the study of business to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

Use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish between fact and opinion, build arguments and make informed judgments.

Develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts.

Appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities.

Consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.


Land Rover Solihull

A fun packed day touring the factory, an off road driving experience in a £100,000 Land rover sport and an operations management timed challenge. This takes place in July each year.

Operations management is studied in preparation for our trip to Land Rover in July.

There will also be a trip to the All England Lawn Tennis Club in the spring term of year 10 to study the marketing of the tennis Museum and to look around the courts, press room and player’s lounge.

Subject Content
Year 10
3.1 Business in the real world

3.1.1 The purpose and nature of businesses

Topic 1.1 p 3-9

1.2 Business Ownership

Topic 1.2 p10-19

1.3 Setting Business Aims and Objectives

Topic 1.3 p 20-29

1.4 Stakeholders

Topic 1.4 p 30-34

1.5 Business Location

Topic 1.5 p 35-40

1.6 Business Planning

Topic 1.6 p 41-45

1.7 Expanding a Business

Topic 1.7 p 46-53

Chapter Review


3.2 Influences on business

3.2.1 Technology

Topic 2.1 p 58-67

2.2 Ethical and environmental considerations

Topic 2.2 p 68-81

2.3 The economic Climate of business

Topic 2.3 p 82-93

2.4 Globalisation

Topic 2.4 p 94-106

2.5 Legislation

Topic 2.5 p 107-116

2.6 The competitive Environment

Topic 2.6 p 117-127

Chapter Review


3.3 Business operations

3.3.1 Production Processes

Topic 3.1 p 132-139

3.2 The role of procurement

Topic 3.2 p140-147

3.3 The economic Climate of business

Topic 3.3 p 82-93

3.4 The concept of quality

Topic 3.4 p 148-152

3.5 Good customer service

Topic 3.5 p 153-160

Chapter Review


Year 11
3.4 Human resources

3. 4.1 Organisational structures

Topic 4.1 p 164-174

4.2 Recruitment and selection of employees

Topic 4.2 p175-188

4.3 Motivating employees

Topic 4.3 p 189-197

4.4 Training

Topic 4.4 p 198 -206

Chapter Review


3.5 Marketing

3.5.1 Identifying and understanding Customers

Topic 5.1 p 212-217

5.2 Segmentation

Topic 5.2 p 218-223

5.3 The purpose and methods of market research

Topic 5.3 p 224-233

5.4 Elements of the marketing mix

Topic 5.4 p 234-238

5.5 Using the marketing mix: product and pricing

Topic 5.5 p 239-250

5.6 promotion and distribution

Topic 5.6 p 251-260

Chapter Review


3.6 Finance

3.6.1 Sources of finance

Topic 6.1 p 264-275

6.2 Cash Flow

Topic 6.2 p 276-285

6.3 Financial terms and calculations

Topic 6.3 p 286-297

6.4 Analysing the financial performance of a business

Topic 6.4 p 298-310

Chapter Review

P 310-313

Authors: Malcolm Surridge and Andrew Gillespie
Publisher: Hodder Education
ISBN-13: 9781471899386
Price: £21.99
Publication date: May 2017
Digital version available: July 2017