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Business Studies

Students have the option to study GCSE Business (OCR) for 2 hours per week in Year 9-11.

Why study GCSE Business?

Relevant and contemporary – GCSE Business uses a variety of real business contexts to consider issues and challenges facing entrepreneurs and commercial organisations.

Skills for a modern world – Students have the opportunity to develop as enterprising individuals with a practical set of key skills, including problem solving and decision-making, interpreting and analysing data, and many more.

Opportunities for progression – This qualification offers an ideal foundation to gain insight into future career paths in business. It can provide a useful stepping stone to many further education qualifications including A Level Business.

Would you like....

  • To be your own boss running your own business? 
  • To understand just what goes on in the world of work?
  • To know what businesses look for when they recruit staff?
  • To see how a business gets its money to operate?
  • To know why so many adverts are aimed at teenagers?
  • To understand why the same big businesses operate around the world?

GCSE Business is the course to take if you want the answers to these and many other questions.

What will I study?

Trips and extra-curricular activities

  • Mario Francescotti Business Award – students have the opportunity to win £1,000
  • Stock market challenge
  • Opportunity to study Award in Personal Finance qualification in Year 8
  • Design your own board game enterprise challenge
  • The Apprentice debate club
  • Brent Cross Retail Challenge – Champions 2016
  • ICAEW BASE London competition
  • Away to Work day for Year 7 students
  • Outdoor education - Dragons Den enterprise style task
  • House competitions

Results Summer 2016

GCSE Business Studies students at FCHS consistently year on year perform well above national average figures.

2016 results

96% A*-A, 31.5% above national average

47% A*-C, 34% above national average


Skills developed

  • Making decisions
  • Being creative
  • Solving problems
  • Understanding finance
  • Dealing with data
  • Communicating effectively
  • Collaboration and team-work

Next steps having studied GCSE Business

After studying Business you will have an insight into just how businesses operate, including how to set up a business of your own. So why should you not be the next Richard Branson?

  • This is a practical course, using real businesses as examples
  • Learn skills to help you in decision making
  • Be one step ahead in understanding how businesses operate

A GCSE Business course could lead to work in a business-related profession such as accountancy, law, marketing, management or the leisure and tourism industry. It may also help to give you direction with regard to future career choices as you will gain an insight into how organisations are managed, and the different types of departments within them.

A-level courses offered by Business Studies department at FCHS

GCSE Business Studies can help you to prepare for further and higher education such as AS/A2 Levels and BTEC courses at FCHS.

  • A-level Business
  • A-level Economics
  • A-level Accounting
  • BTEC National Level 3 Business
  • Diploma in Financial Studies






Why you should consider studying Business Studies:

A GCSE in Business Studies will encourage students to be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It will allow students to gain an insight into related sectors such as Economics and Accounting and prepare them to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices. It will allow students to develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts. The course will also allow students to consider the extent to which Business and Economic activity can be ethical and sustainable and appreciate diversity in society.

What skills profile a GCSE Business Studies student should have: Business Studies students should:

  • have an interest in current affairs
  • have an interest in finding solutions to business problems
  • have a good Maths brain and be comfortable managing data
  • be able to write explain their reasoning and justify it

What opportunities a GCSE in Business Studies will lead to:

GCSE Business Studies is a valuable subject.  It develops the skills necessary to progress to Post 16 courses which can lead to university.  This opens the door to many degree and career opportunities including Accountancy, Law, Advertising and Marketing, Property Investment, Teaching, Business Management and many more.  Business Studies also enables pupils to progress into the world of work with the skills and knowledge needed to run a business or as a life skill to support other careers.  Even a Vet needs to know how to run a business!

Famous Entrepreneurs include: Sir Richard Branson, Sir Alan Sugar, Levis Roots, Roman Abramovich, Lord Sainsbury and Bernie Ecclestone.

For more information, contact: Miss Reilly