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Business Enterprise - GCSE Edexcel 1BS0

Students will follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business specification. They will begin the course in Year 9 and sit two exams in the summer of Year 11.

The course is designed to provide GCSE Business learners with:

  • An understanding of how businesses work and operate.
  • An understanding of how to build a business.
  • An opportunity to apply learning to different business contexts
  • An opportunity to develop of understanding of how different contexts impact on business behaviour

Edexcel GCSE Business Course

The Edexcel GCSE Business specification reflects the demands of a truly modern and evolving business environment. This qualification allows students to develop as commercially minded and enterprising individuals which will help them to succeed in their chosen pathway.

A range of business topics will be covered throughout the course, including:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Spotting business opportunities
  • Putting a business idea into practice
  • Understanding external influences on business
  • Making marketing decisions
  • Making operational decisions
  • Making financial decisions
  • Making human resource decisions

Course Content

Theme 1: Investigating small business

Theme 2: Building a business


The Edexcel GCSE Business courses consists of two externally examined papers. Both sat in May/June of Year 11.

Theme 1:

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

90 marks

Theme 2:

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

90 marks


This course gives the perfect foundation for students to develop their skills and understanding ready to move into A-Level, T-Level or Vocational Level 3 study.

Students will be well prepared to continue their studies through an A-Level in Business, which will allow for progression to university or employment.