GCSE Business & Economics (Edexcel)

Do you want to prepare yourself for the world of work? GCSE Business & Economics will equip you with the economic, entrepreneurial, financial and independent skills that you need in today’s competitive world. Whatever job you will do or future career path you follow, this course will enable you to be a reflective and critical thinker with an enquiring mind to find answers on contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts. You will develop the economic awareness needed to really appreciate and to explore the financial world we live in.

GCSE Business & Economics will also provide you with the skills that you need to achieve more in your other subjects. By the end of the course, you will be a highly-skilled individual with an excellent critical thinking, financial

management and independent learning skills. Economics is a popular and successful A level course in our sixth form and many of our students have gone on to study economics and business at university.



Unit 1: Introduction to small business (written exam – 25%)

This unit concentrates on the key issues and skills involved in enterprise. It provides a framework to consider the marketing, financial, human and operational issues involved in starting and running a small business. You will explore five topics:

•    Spotting a business opportunity •    Showing enterprise •    Putting a business idea into practice •    Making the start-up effective •    Understanding the economic context

Unit 2: Investigating small business (controlled assessment – 25%)

In this unit, you will use what you have learnt in Unit 1 to evaluate a selected task on enterprise issues set by the exam board. You will have nine hours to research your ideas and write up your investigation.

Unit 3: Introduction to economic understanding (written exam – 50%)

This unit will introduced you to the principles of economic understanding to provide a broad national and international perspective of the subject are. You will explore five topics:

•    How can I start to think like an economist?

•    Risk or certainty?

•    Big or small?

•    Is growth good?

•    Is the world fair?