Edexcel GCSE Business 

Contact: Ms D Gill

Course Outline

 While studying the two themes of this course you are likely to learn a lot of new things.  You will be introduced to the world of small businesses and will look at how to build a business.

Theme 1 - which focuses on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business.

Theme 2 -  examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. This theme focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with an emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. You will learn more about how small businesses are developed and discover how businesses promote themselves and keep their customers happy.



There are two examination papers:

·   Theme 1 – Investigation Small Business
Written examination: 1 hr 30 mins
50% of grade

·  Theme 2 – Building a Business
Written examination: 1 hr 30 mins
50% of grade


 The course is ideal for

 The varied nature of the course and the analytical and evaluative skills gained will equip you well for Sixth form or College studies. After A levels many students progress to university to study a degree in Business or a related subject such as Marketing, Finance, Accounting or Economics, although the knowledge and skills gained are relevant to a wide range of subject areas. In respect of employment, you will be well prepared to enter the world of Finance, Accountancy and Banking, or for various roles in companies.



Year 10:

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business, Second Edition (Hodder) ISBN: 978-1471899355

Year 11:

Edexcel GCSE Business: Introduction to Small Business (Edexcel) ISBN: 978-1846904967

Year 12 and 13 Economics

Edexcel A level Economics A Book 1 (Hodder) ISBN: 978-1471830006

Edexcel A Level Business

Course outline:

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Business is structured into four Themes. Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 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, 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.

Theme 1: Marketing and 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.

Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy

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

Students will develop an understanding of:

·         Globalisation

·         Global markets and business expansion

·         Global marketing

·         Global industries and companies (Multinational corporations).


There are 3 examination papers:

Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses (35%)

Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy (35%)

Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment (30%)

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