GCSE Business Studies

Exam Board – AQA 4130

The Course

The course considers how businesses are set up and operate as well as grow. Areas studied in detail include the structure of business, production, marketing, finance and personnel.  Emphasis is also given to the economic, political, social and environmental factors that govern business and the way it acts.

The course is taught through a mixture of controlled assessment, case studies, investigation and textbook assignments.  Much effort is made to connect the study to what is happening in the real world.  Students will also use a wide range of ICT facilities which are applied in a business context. Students will have the opportunity to prepare a business plan and present it to an audience.


Controlled assessment                  25% of total marks

Final Examination                           75% of total marks

The controlled assessment (25%) involves students undertaking 8 hours of research and planning on a scenario. They must then complete a report within 3 hours under controlled conditions. Furthermore, students will sit two 1 hour exams.

Where it leads

The course prepares students for subjects such as A level Accounts and Applied Advanced Business.