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Business Studies


Curriculum Intent

Business Enterprise is the past, the present and the future. Business Studies and Enterprise prepares the students for the competitive world of employment by introducing them to the concepts of business and enterprise. The Business department at Copley Academy aims to develop young business people and entrepreneurs.  The courses at GCSE have been developed to include a wider understanding of the legal, political, social and environmental context of business. This external environment is rapidly changing and our intention is to develop students into informed and adaptable individuals, ready to tackle the challenges ahead.

The specification we have chosen is designed to give students the opportunity to explore real business issues and how businesses work. It has been designed with a clear and straightforward structure to enable students to access and engage with the world of business.

Curriculum Content


Year 10

Students will study a range of different topic areas linking to investigating small businesses. 

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

Year 11

Students will study a range of different topic areas linking to building a business.

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


GCSE Course Details




Exam Board


Syllabus Details

Pearson Edexcel Level ½ GCSE (9-1) in Business (1BS0)

Link to Exam Board Website

Assessment Details

GCSE business is assessed by 100% exam. 

The paper is divided into three sections: 

Section A: 35 marks

Section B: 30 marks

Section C: 25 marks 

The paper consists of calculations, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Coursework Details


Recommended Course Books

CGP Edexcel Business The Revision Guide & Edexcel Business Exam Practice Workbook


Suggested Websites

GCSE Bitesize:

Tutor 2U:

Seneca Learning:

Enrichment Opportunities

The department offers various opportunities for further learning from trips, visits, guest speakers and enrichment clubs.

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