Business Studies - Key Stage 4


Key Stage 4 GCSE Business Studies

We offer the Edexcel (5BS0) Business Studies GCSE course and Cambridge Economics IGCSE (0455) course, which is suitable for students across the full ability range and conforms to the criteria of the National Curriculum of England and Wales for Business Studies. The intention of this specification is to facilitate progression to Advanced subsidiary and Advanced Applied subjects in Business/Economics related subjects.


Year 10 Business (Edexcel)
Unit 1 - Introduction to Small Business – 5BS01: Main Areas of Study     


Spotting a Business Opportunity

 creativity 1

Showing Enterprise


Putting a Business Idea into Practice


Making the Start-up Effective


Understanding Economic Content

Unit 2 - Investigating Small Business – 5BS02



 customer happy

Meeting Customer Needs


Financial Management


People Management


The Wider World



Unit 1

Written Paper
Multiple Choice

45 mins


Unit 2

Controlled Assessment
6 hours research/3 hours write up

9 hrs


Unit 3

Written Paper

1 hour 30 mins


IGCSE Economics

The Economics syllabus will develop an understanding of economic terminology and principles and of basic economic theory. Students will learn about the economics of developed and developing nations and how these interrelate. They will also learn to handle simple data and undertake economic analysis, evaluate information and discriminate between facts and value judgements in economic issues. A foundation for further study at A Level, the syllabus also encourages a better understanding of the world in which students live, and helps them play an active part in the decision-making process, whether as consumers, producers or citizens of the local, national and international community.


Year 10 Economics (Cambridge)


Choice & The Allocation of Resources


How the Market works & fails

 consumer 20spending 20US

Individual : Consumer & Borrower


Firm : Producer & Buyer


Year 11 Economics (Cambridge)


Role of Government


Economic Indicators


Developing Economies


International Aspect



Paper 1

Multiple Choice Questions

45 mins


Paper 2

1 Compulsory question & 3 questions from a choice of 6

2.15 hours