Business Studies


GCSE Business Studies at Wishmore Cross Academy gives our pupils a chance to explore how businesses work and the real issues they face. The six different units provide opportunities to explore theories and concepts, while learning about current events in the business and economic world.

Pupils will apply their knowledge and understanding to different frameworks ranging from small to large (global) businesses and develop an understanding of the different behaviours for each.

Pupils will learn all about the decision making process, including understanding the effects of business activity, influences, operations, finance, marketing and human resources.

Pupils will draw on their knowledge and understanding to:

  • use terminology and key words to identify and explain business activity
  • develop problem solving and decision making skills relevant to businesses
  • investigate, analyse and evaluate opportunities and issues


Scheme of Work

Year 1 (3 units)

-       Business in the real world

-       Influences on business

-       Human resources

Year 2 (3 units)

-       Operations management

-       Marketing

-       Finance

Assessment objectives

The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

·         AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of business concepts and issues.

·         AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of business concepts and issues to a variety of contexts.

·         AO3: Analyse and evaluate information and issues to demonstrate understanding of business activity, make judgements and draw conclusions.



What’s assessed?

-       Business in the real world

-       Influences on business

-       Business operations (paper 1)

-       Human resources (paper 1)

-       Marketing (paper 2)

-       Finance (paper 2)


How it’s assessed

-       Two written exams: 1 hour 45 minutes each

-       90 marks per paper

-       Each paper worth 50% of GCSE


Questions per paper

-       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.