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GCSE Business Studies at St James's

This course is equal to 1 GCSE. It is a brand new subject and will cover topics not covered in key stage 3. It is suitable for pupils with excellent written English skills. There will be 2 Exams. 

Paper 1: Influences of operations and HRM on business activity - this covers 50% of your marks. 

Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity - this covers 50% of your marks. 

The topics you will cover are:

Business in the real world. 

  • Starting a business enterprise
  • Setting business aims and objectives
  • Business planning
  • Choosing the appropriate legal structure for the business
  • Choosing the location of the business
  • Expanding a business

Influences on business 

  • Impact of technology on business
  • Ethics and environmental considerations
  • Impact of the economic climate on business activity
  • Impact of legislation on business
  • How businesses operate on a global scale
  • Responding to competition
  • Managing uncertainty and risk


  • Finance and support for a business
  • Financial terms and simple calculations
  • Using cash flow
  • Profit and loss accounts and balance sheets


  • Conducting market research 
  • Identifying and understanding customer needs
  • Market segmentation
  • Using the Marketing Mix – Product
  • Using the Marketing Mix - Price
  • Using the Marketing Mix – Promotion
  • Using the Marketing Mix – Place

Human Resources 

  • Recruiting
  • Motivating staff
  • Training
  • Organising organisational charts and management hierarchies

Business Operations 

  • Production methods for manufacturing and providing a service
  • Customer service
  • Production methods for growing businesses
  • Recognising challenges of growth
  • Maintaining quality assurance in growing businesses


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