GCSE Business

Delve into business operations and finance, problem-solving and decision making, qualitative and quantitative data, and much more! AQA Business GCSE answers it all.
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Do you have a head for figures or an interest in marketing? Or perhaps you can picture yourself running a business one day or playing a crucial role in the growth and success of an organisation. Whatever the case may be, this GCSE Business Studies course is one for all budding entrepreneurs!

The skills you’ll learn along the way are highly prized by colleges and universities. They’re also in demand in a vast array of professions such as accounting, law, management consultancy, stockbroking, and human resources.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - Business in the Real World

    • The reasons for starting a business
    • The basic functions and types of business
    • Business enterprise and entrepreneurship
    • The dynamic nature of business
    • Why businesses exist
  2. Unit 2 - Influences on Business

    • Technology
    • Ethical and environmental considerations
    • The economic climate of business
    • Globalisation
    • Legislation
    • The competitive environment


  3. Unit 3 - Business Operations

    • Production processes
    • The role of procurement
    • The concept of quality
    • Good customer service
  4. Unit 4 - Human Resources

    • Recruitment and selection of employees
    • Motivating employees
    • Training
  5. Unit 5 - Marketing

    • Segmentation
    • The purpose of methods of market research
    • Elements of the marketing mix
    • Using the marketing mix: product and pricing
    • Using the marketing mix: promotion and distribution
  6. Unit 6 - Finance

    • Sources of finance
    • Cash flow
    • Financial terms and calculations
    • Analysing the financial performance of a business
  7. Unit 7 - Preparing for the Exam

    • Practice Paper 1
    • Practice Paper 2

Awarding Body


AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSE coursesIGCSE courses and A-level courses.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an AQA Business Studies GCSE, issued by AQA. This syllabus (8132) has been chosen specifically because it is best suited to distance learning.

How is this course assessed or examined?

For this course, you’ll be required to complete two standard AQA Business GCSE written exams.

  • Paper 1: Written exam lasting one hour 45 minutes, 90 marks, 50% of GCSE
  • Paper 2: Written exam lasting one hour 45 minutes, 90 marks, 50% of GCSE

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our partner exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.

During your course, you’ll be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute to your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you monitor your progress and will be used to produce predicted grades if needed.

Entry requirements

While there are no strict entry requirements for this level two GCSE Business course, it is strongly recommended that you have the ability to effectively read and write in English.

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