KS5 Business Studies

Year 12

Overview: The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Business is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers.

Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 (Year 1) through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4 (Year 2), requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.

Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Theme 1 – Marketing & people

Students will develop an understanding of:

  • meeting customer needs
  • the market
  • marketing mix and strategy
  • managing people
  • entrepreneurs and leaders.

 

Theme 2 – Managing business activities

Students will develop an understanding of:

  • raising finance
  • financial planning
  •  managing finance
  • resource management
  • external influences.
Following the external examination we start to cover some of the topics from A level Business.

 

Year 13

Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Theme 3 – Business decisions and strategy

This theme develops the concepts introduced in

Theme 2.

Students will

develop an understanding of:

  • business objectives and strategy
  • business growth
  • decision-making techniques
  • influences on business decisions
  • assessing competitiveness
  • managing change.
Theme 4 – Global business

This theme develops the concepts introduced in

Theme 1.

Students will

develop an understanding of:

  • globalisation
  • global markets and business expansion
  • global marketing
  • global industries and companies (multinational corporations).

 

 

Assessment: Pupils are assessed each lesson via different learning techniques. Formal assessments are either questions that require short answers or statements that require an essay style answer. Pupils are tested through key skills and are measured on how well they can express knowledge, apply their knowledge to case study information, express understanding, analyse and evaluate.
Assessment Dates:

A level Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses

*Paper code: 9BS0/01

● Externally assessed

● Availability: May/June

● First assessment: summer 2017

Overview of content

Paper 1 will assess marketing, people and global businesses. Questions will be drawn from themes 1 and 4, and from local, national and global contexts.

Overview of assessment

● Written examination.

● The paper comprises two sections.

● Students answer all questions from both sections.

● Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question.

● Duration: 2 hours.

● 100 marks available.

Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy: 9BS0/02

● Externally assessed

● Availability: May/June

● First assessment: 12th June 2017

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Overview of content

Paper 2 will assess business finance and operations, business decisions and strategy. Questions will be drawn from themes 2 and 3, and from local, national and global contexts.

Overview of assessment

● Written examination.

● The paper comprises two sections.

● Students answer all questions from both sections.

● Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question.

● Duration: 2 hours.

● 100 marks available.3: Investigating business in a competitive environment

*Paper code: 9BS0/03

● Externally assessed

● Availability: May/June

● First assessment: 19th June 2017

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Overview of content

Paper 3 will assess content across all four themes. Questions will be drawn from local, national and global contexts.

For Paper 3, there will be a pre-released context document issued on our website in November of the previous year. A new context will be given to centres each year and will relate to the examination series for the following summer.

The context will focus on a broad context, such as an industry or market in which businesses operate. The question paper will be in two sections.

The first section will focus on the broad context provided. This will be outlined to centres through the pre-released document. Questions will focus on the broad context.

The second section will focus on at least one strand within the context provided, such as a particular business.

Each section will contain unseen stimulus materials comprising quantitative and qualitative evidence. Students are required to apply their knowledge and understanding from themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 and their understanding of the broad context to this evidence.

Students cannot take any of their research or investigation data carried out as part of the pre-release into the examination.

Overview of assessment

● Written examination.

● The paper comprises two sections.

● Students answer all questions from both sections.

● Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question.

● Duration: 2 hours.

100 marks available.

Externally assessed

● Availability: May/June

● First assessment: 23rd June 2017

There will be a key assessed piece at least every half term.

Homework: 

A variety of activities are set in business studies. Such as, multiple choice questions, extended examination questions, full examination papers (where possible), research and investigations, essays, extended answers, project work and revision.

 

Useful Information:

Access to a small business is beneficial when completing their controlled assessment as primary research is essential.

www.edexcel.com

www.betatutor2u.net

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/business-2015.html#tab-1

5 ways I can help my son/daughter
1 Talk to your child about what they have been studying in school. Ask them to explain key concepts to you. Their GCSE business book has lots of information that you could use to guide you. A level students have notes and should be developing their glossary.
2 Debate topical issues about business & the wider economy, demonstrating a balanced argument.
3 Watch the news and read news articles about business and the wider economy with your child asking them questions that check they have understood the report and ask them to give their opinions.
4 Encourage them to read around the subject.
5 Talk to them about their progress and attainment.