Miss M Bousfield (Curriculum Lead)
   Mr M Clarke

Subject Overview

The GCSE Business Studies course, taught by Mr Clarke and Miss Bousfield, has been one the most successful of all the GCSEs offered at Savio Salesian College in terms of its results, for a number of years. For example, in 2016 91% of all our students achieved a final grade between A* to C, this is more than 25% higher than the national average for the UK.

GCSE Applied Business Studies is a dynamic, interesting and challenging course.  It is completely relevant to the world in which we live today, providing students with realistic learning experiences which they will carry on into life. They learn how to use relevant terms, concepts and methods effectively to describe business and predict business behaviour.  Within the Business Studies department we want our students to develop as independent learners and encourage them to use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts from opinions, develop arguments and make informed judgements. We also challenge students to not only look at their own opinion, but also the opinion of others.

GCSE Applied Business Studies also makes a positive contribution to developing young people as individuals and participants in society and the local environment.  During the course pupils will also have the opportunity to visit local businesses and observe entrepreneurship in practice. Many students also take the opportunity to take part in a national competition and run their own business. The subject gives the pupils the opportunity to develop their ICT skills in a business context.



Key Stage 4 Overview (Years 10-11) 



Unit 1: How Businesses work
60% - controlled assessment

This unit involves studying two businesses in detail, one business must be from the local area. Students must research what the business does, how it is organised and why stakeholders are so important

Unit 2: Financial records
40% - examination

This unit consists of a one hour examination that test students understanding of documents used in business trading, payment methods and costs whilst investigating the financial statements of a business and considering the importance of finance to a business.