Business Studies

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils will study the topics:

An Introduction to Business and Enterprise

  • What enterprise is
  • What makes a good entrepreneur
  • What makes a successful product
  • Inventions and innovations
  • How patents work

How businesses work

  • Business Objectives
  • Business Growth
  • Factors of Production
  • Adding Value
  • Chain of production

The Competitive Environment

  • Finding out what customers want
  • Focus Groups
  • Market Mapping
  • Market Segmentation
  • Customer Service

Market Research

  • What is Market Research
  • Ways to do Market Research
  • Primary and Secondary Research
  • Questionnaires
  • Acting on research


  • Competitors and Competition
  • Risks of Competition
  • Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Reducing Risk
  • Benefits of Competition

Ethics and Sustainability

  • Business Ethics
  • Ways to be ethical
  • Sustainability
  • Costs and benefits of sustainability
  • New Technology

GCSE Business Studies (AQA) - Current Year 11 (2017-18)

Controlled Assessment (25%)

Investigating a small business: The controlled assessment topic is set by the exam board and changes each year. The themes over previous years have included promotion, customer service and location. Pupils have to carry out an investigation into what their business currently does and how this could be improved.

Examination (75%)

The scheme of work for KS4 includes the following topics:

  • Starting a business
  • Setting business aims and objectives
  • Business Planning
  • Choosing the appropriate legal structure
  • Choosing the location of the business
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • People in business
  • Operations management

GCSE Business (Edexcel)

The newly revised GCSE in Business qualification commences from September 2017. All pupils opting to study GCSE Business will follow the Edexcel specification.

Year 10 – Theme 1: Investigating small business

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Spotting a business opportunity
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Making the business effective
  • Understanding external influences on business

Year 11 – Theme 2: Building a business

  • Growing the business
  • Making marketing decisions
  • Making operational decisions
  • Making financial decisions
  • Making human resource decisions

Examination 100%

  • 2 written examinations of 1 hour 30 minutes duration.
  • Both are worth 50% of the qualification.

If you have any questions regarding the Business Studies Curriculum at The Wordsley School, please contact Mrs L Parry (Assistant Headteacher) on (01384) 816015 or email us.