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AQA GCSE Business

Course Outline

You are following the new AQA GCSE 9-1 specification for Business.

This course will give you the opportunity to explore real business issues, and how businesses work.

You will consider the practical application of business concepts, and explore these through the context of events in the business and economic world.

This GCSE Business course has two exams that will be sat in the summer exam series (May - June).

 

Exams

Paper 1: Influences of operations and HRM on business activity

What's assessed:

Business in the real world

Influences on business

Business operations

Human resources

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

90 marks

50% of GCSE

Questions

Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.

Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.

Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

 

Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity

What's assessed

Business in the real world

Influences on business

Marketing

Finance

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

90 marks

50% of GCSE

Questions

Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.

Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.

Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

 

 

Revision for Exams

Click on the document links below for some revision materials related to Exam Paper's 1 and 2.

How can I help you?

If you are off ill or away from school for a period of time, you can still contact me via e-mail:

Alan.Buchanan@willadams.medway.sch.uk

I check my e-mail every school day when I'm in, thus I can normally respond to your questions quickly. Don't be afraid to ask for help. I'm here for you. However, give it a go first, and then if you're still stuck, or unclear of anything drop me a message.
 

How to succeed in Business lessons and out of school

In order to do well in GCSE Business, you really need to grasp two key issues: 

  1. subject knowledge; 
  2. show your knowledge in the way the examiner wants to see it.

 

Key terms

Are you able to explain different business terms?

Look at glossaries.

Try using a traffic light system red, amber and green for terms you don’t know, sort of know and are OK with.

See if you can describe the terms to a friend or parent.

See if you can write your own definitions to specific terms.

Check your answers and then update your traffic lights.

If there are terms you don’t know try using websites, or failing this ask me to explain it to you. yes

 

Showing your knowledge in the right way

Examination questions have key words that prompt you to answer in a certain way. In this GCSE Business course the questions asked often ask you to describe, explain and/or analyse issues. This means you need to answer in sentences not in lists! You will be asked to analyse or consider advantages and disadvantages. In these questions you need to explain the good and bad points of an issue. Lastly you will be asked to make decisions and justify these or evaluate an issue. In these questions you need to consider the ‘best’ idea/alternative based on the advantages and disadvantages that you have presented.

To help practise these skills try the following:

  • Take an issue e.g. should Company A raise its prices? State why it might be a good or bad idea. Then try to communicate things that will swing the decision one way or the other e.g. how many competitors are there? How will they react? Will people pay higher prices?
  • You can also draw mind maps. Put a key topic or question in the middle of a sheet of paper and then try to develop links or other questions in a diagram.
  • Try revising with a friend. This can help, but you need to have a plan of what you are going to do and stick to it! You can discuss issues, test each other, write answers and read each other’s work etc.

 

Exam Board Links

The AQA website has detailed information about the specification, past papers, examiners reports. These are accessed by the following web link: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business/gcse/business-8132

We will be using past papers in lessons and for homework between now and the summer exams.

 

Revision Websites

The websites linked below currently have useful information that may help you for your exams:

 

Revision Guides

We use the CGP GCSE AQA Business revision guide with exam style questions in the classroom. If you wish to purchase a copy of your own, then please speak to Mr Buchanan.

 

 

 

Answering exam questions

  • Read the question carefully and think about what it is asking you
  • Look at the number of marks allocated and answer the question accordingly
  • Give a full definition and an example if you can think of one

 

smiley Remember – Good exam results are through revision and practise!

 

smiley Remember - With revision: 'little but often' is normally best.

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