Business Studies

Business Studies GCSE 4133 (AQA) – Current Year 11

Business Studies GCSE 4132 (AQA)

New Specification

This qualification will give your son/daughter the opportunity to explore real business issues and how businesses work. The clear and straightforward structure to our new specification will support your teaching and students’ learning. Students will consider the practical application of business concepts. The units provide opportunities to explore theories and concepts 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.

Exam Board

Assessments

Paper1: Influences of operations and HRM on business activity Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activitiy
What’s assessed

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Business operatons
  • Human resources
What’s assessed

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Marketing
  • Finance
How It’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 90 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
How It’s assessed

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

  • Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks
  • Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks
  • Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks
Questions

  • Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks
  • Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks
  • Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions wort approximately 35 marks

Aims and learning outcomes

Courses based on this specification should encourage students to:

  • know and understand business concepts, business terminology, business objectives, the integrated nature of business activity and the impact of business on individuals and wider society
  • apply knowledge and understanding to contemporary business issues and to different types and sizes of businesses in local, national and global contexts
  • develop as enterprising individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively to demonstrate business acumen, and draw on evidence to make informed business decisions and solve business problems
  • develop as effective and independent students, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • use an enquiring, critical approach to make informed judgements
  • investigate and analyse real business opportunities and issues to construct well-argued, well evidenced, balanced and structured arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth and understanding of business
  • develop and apply quantitative skills relevant to business, including using and interpreting data.

This unit introduces candidates to issues concerning the setting up and operation of a business. It explores the activities of business and the reasons for success or failure. It encourages candidates to appreciate that businesses must operate within society and that this involves businesses engaging with a wide range of stakeholders who will hold differing perspectives.

Grade Descriptions

Grade 8

To achieve grade 8, candidates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate relevant and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a wide range of business concepts and issues
  • Apply knowledge and critical understanding to select relevant information from a wide range of financial and non-financial sources to investigate business organisations and concepts in familiar and unfamiliar contexts, using a wide range of subject specific terminology
  • Use a range of relevant quantitative skills
  • Critically analyse and evaluate available information and evidence to make reasoned, substantiated judgements and conclusions, and, where appropriate, suggest viable recommendations for future activity
Grade 5

To achieve grade 5, candidates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mostly accurate and appropriate knowledge and understanding of a range of business concepts and issues
  • Apply knowledge and understanding to select information from a range of sources to investigate business organisations and concepts in familiar and some unfamiliar contexts, using some appropriate subject specific terminology
  • Use some relevant quantitative skills
  • Analyse and provide some evaluation of information and evidence to make plausible judgements and conclusions which may extend to suggesting some viable recommendations for future activity
Grade 2

To achieve grade 2, candidates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of some aspects of business concepts or issues
  • Apply, in a limited way, knowledge and understanding to investigate business organisations and/or concepts, using everyday language
  • Use some obvious, simple quantitative skills
  • Use and describe some information to draw basic lines of reasoning, make straightforward judgements and, possibly, offer simple suggestions for future activity

How you can help your child prepare

There is a wealth of revision activities and content on the BBC Bitesize website. Also Tutor2U has some good GCSE revision resources, quizzes and blogs. The links are as follows:

Assessment Weeks

The BITE Curriculum Area has the following internal assessment weeks during which your son/daughter will sit a formal assessment based on content learnt to date. They will receive homework set formally to revise but if you could make a note of these dates and encourage regular revision in the weeks leading up to them we would appreciate your support.

  • W/B 30th October 2017
  • W/B 20th November 2017
  • W/B 8th January 2018
  • W/B 26th February 2018
  • W/B 16th April 2018
  • W/B 11th June 2018