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Business Studies 


Ms L Lindsay
Miss M Edwards

GCSE Applied Business (OCR) Single Award

The Single award in Applied Business consists of 2 units of work, 1 controlled assignment and 1 external exam.

The 2 modules are:

  • Business in Action – this unit has a local context and looks at how businesses are organised and their relationship with different stakeholders (written exam worth 40% of the final mark).
  • Making your mark in business – this unit looks at the marketing and costing aspects of businesses – controlled assignment (worth 60% of the final mark).

OCR Applied Business for GCSE textbook  (Karen Hough and Rebecca Bentley)

The great thing about the GCSE Applied Business specification is that it gives pupils a more in-depth look into how business works, covering everything from small, home-run businesses to international corporations.  It also covers a wide range of sectors and industries. This qualification encourages pupils to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and to gain an insight into related sectors.  Applied Business Studies prepares pupils to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices. It also encourages pupils to engage actively in the study of business and economics in order to develop as effective and independent individuals and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. These skills are transferable to whatever career path pupil then wish to follow in the future.

Applied Business Studies also encourages pupils to:

  • Use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to 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, and;
  • Consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable.

For those who are considering running a business of their own in the future, the applied nature of the course means that pupils can learn a huge amount about the potential prizes open to them and the pitfalls to avoid in the real world.

What Post-16 opportunities or potential pathways could this qualification unlock for my child?

GCSE Applied Business can help pupils’ progression to study other qualifications in school or college at a higher level, such as AS or A levels, including vocational A levels, in either Business Studies or other subjects. From there, it is possible to go on to university or other institutions of higher education.

By lying the foundations of Business Studies in a way which focuses on the uses and application of ideas and theories, pupils will be better equipped to relate the content of their studies to their eventual working life. The material covered and the relationships which are built up through the course will help them to understand how industry and commerce function within the economy.

Pupils will have the opportunity to understand the dynamic environment in which business operates and appreciate the many and varied factors which impact upon business activity and behavior in the 21st century. This will provide a better preparation for further education and careers through an understanding of business.

Does my child need any specialist equipment for this subject?

Much of the Controlled Assessment can be completed using facilities within the ICT department, which is well equipped with a range of equipment including desk top PCs in suites.  Pupils also have the opportunity to make use of the ICT suites at lunchtimes and after school to complete homework and further their knowledge through independent learning.