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Business Studies

Business Studies

KS4 Business Studies

GCSE business is a fantastic subject that gives students that helping hand up in the business World.

The subject is split into two key units. They are: “investigating a small business” and “building a business”. The first unit up skills the students in
identifying business opportunities and provides them with an understanding of how to put those opportunities into practice. The second unit surrounds decision making and growing an already functioning business model.


The course is split up into two external exam papers. Both exam papers are weighted 50%. Each exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes in length and consists of calculations, multiple-choice and long answer questions. Unit 1 exam links to “investigating a small business” and unit 2 exam links to “building a business”. Both papers are worth 90 marks.


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