KS3 Business Studies







Exam Board






Course Description











In Year 9 you will engage in project style learning through which we will introduce key topics. You will then start the GCSE course and cover the following areas:

Theme Topics
1 Investigating Small Business ·  Enterprise and entrepreneurship

·  Spotting a business opportunity

·  Putting a business idea in to practise

·  Making the business effective

·  Understanding the external influences on business.

2 Building a Business ·  Growing the business

·  Making marketing decisions

·  Making operational decisions

·  Making financial decisions

·  Making human resource decisions.


How Students will be Assessed

(Coursework, Exams, Controlled Assessment)


The course is assessed via 2 exams at the end of Year 11.

Theme 1: Investigating Small Business, 1 hour and 30 minutes (50%)

Theme 2: Building a Business, 1 hour and 30 minutes (50%)

Both papers will consist of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer and extended-writing questions.


Staff to Contact


Ms S Haines, Head of Department – syh@hinchbk.cambs.sch.uk

Skills & Qualities





In Business, you will learn to think on your feet, engaging in class discussions and presentations. You will develop cognitive skills of non-routine problem solving, expert thinking and critical thinking, analysing, synthesising and reasoning. In Business, it’s not always what you decide, but how you decide that gets you the marks! You will develop interpersonal skills as you work in teams to develop and present solutions to business problems, with added opportunities to demonstrate leadership and self-management skills. You will also use your quantitative skills to analyse financial accounts and marketing data.

Further Education


Business can lead directly on to business related A Level and college courses at KS5 such as Accountancy, Economics, Business and Marketing.


A knowledge of Business will serve you well in whatever career choice you make; after all, wherever you work, you will be working in a business organisation of some kind. You may even want to set up and run your own business; background knowledge will be very helpful to you. GCSE Business provides a strong foundation for a wide range of careers such as banking, accountancy, sales, product management and general management.