The Business Studies syllabus allows pupils to develop their understanding of business activity in the public and private sectors, and the importance of innovation and change.
Pupils find out how the major types of business organisation are established, financed and run, and how their activities are regulated. Factors influencing business decision-making are also considered, as are the essential values of cooperation and interdependence.
There are also opportunities to get out of the classroom and into real business environments, to run a mini-business in school and to take part in business competitions such as The Student Investor Challenge and The Tenner Challenge. This is an excellent area of study for cementing skills and complementing research and evaluation techniques in other subject areas. It also provides a platform in developing a sound business understanding to improve employability and prepare for further study within the subject.
- Written Paper 1 - 50% (1 hour 30 minutes)
- Written Paper 2 - 50% (1 hour 30 minutes)
Both papers are divided into three sections and consist of calculations, multiple-choice, short-answer, and extended-writing questions. Calculators may also be used in the examination and each paper has a total of 90 marks available.