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Business Studies

GCSE Business is delivered at Whitcliffe Mount, for years 10 and 11 by two dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, Miss Haigh and Miss Templar.  There is also a Faculty ETA, Miss Faulkner.

The department continues to go from strength to strength, and this is reflected both in examination results and in the up-to-date and detailed schemes of work that are followed, along with a range of extra-curricular opportunities offered for students who choose these subjects.

Choosing to study for a GCSE in Business is a great decision to make for lots of reasons.  This qualification will equip you for a career in a wide range of industries as business underpins more or less any job you might have in the future - from starting your own enterprise to working for a charitable organization.

The Curriculum

The current Year 11 are doing the Edexcel GCSE in Applied Business.

This course is made up of 60% coursework and 40% exam.  The coursework element is an extended piece of writing on Manchester Airport and the Trafford Centre and the examination is on Financial Records.

The current Year 10 (and subsequent year groups) are doing the Edexcel GCSE in Business.

Click here to view the GCSE Business Specification.

GCSE Business is comprised of two externally assessed units:

Theme 1 - Investigating a Small Business

  • Written examination
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes. 
  • Worth 90 marks. 
  • Represents 50% of the qualification.

Content Overview

Topic 1.1  Enterprise and entrepeneurship

Topic 1.2  Spotting a business opportunity

Topic 1.3  Putting a business idea into practice

Topic 1.4  Making the business effective

Topic 1.5  Understanding the external influences on business

Theme 2 - Building a Business

  • Written exam
  • I hour and 30 minutes
  • Worth 90 marks
  • Represents 50% of the qualification.

Content Overview

Topic 2.1  Growing the business

Topic 2.2  Making marketing decisions

Topic 2.3  Making operational decisions

Topic 2.4  Making financial decisions

Topic 2.5  Making human resource decisions

Click here to see GCSE Business overview

Click here to see our KS4 Curriculum Plan.

Revision Materials for Current Year 11

The current Year 11 need to revise for their exam on Financial Records.  We have a very comprehensive booklet that covers all the key information for this exam, which all students have been e-mailed but which can also be accessed using the link below:

Click here for Financial Documents Revision Guide

Starters for 10

We have taken questions from past papers and mixed them up into groups of ten questions.  These types of question may appear on the Financial Records exam in the summer.

Click here for 'Starters for 10"

Past Papers

Click here for Applied Business Edexcel Past Papers

Youtube videos

There are several suitable revision videos on YouTube.  Click on the selection below:

Financial Records 2.1

Financial Records 2.2

Financial Records 2.3

Financial Records 2.4

Flow of Financial Documents



Edmodo is a popular educational networking site used by many of our staff and pupils to share research and information relating to their learning.  Students are encouraged to set up an Edmodo account and will have been instructed on how to do this by their teacher.

Revision Guides for GCSE Business (current Year 10)

There are a number of useful revision guides on the market.  All students have had the opportunity of purchasing them through school but they are also available on the high street or through an online retailer such as Amazon or eBay.


Extended Curriculum

After School Clubs & Revision/Achieve sessions

The Business department offers regular after-school catch-up and revision/Achieve sessions.  The Achieve sessions will focus on completing any outstanding coursework before Easter, enabling students to raise their attainment through more detailed research and analysis.  After Easter, the Achieve programme will focus on Financial Records and preparing for the exam.

Wednesdays 2.45pm - 3.45pm

Thursdays 2.45pm - 3.45pm

Our open door policy means students can request support from members of staff at any time.


Students are offered a wide variety of enrichment opportunities if they choose to study Business, including guest speakers in Year 10 and curriculum visits to larger enterprises in Year 11.

The current Year 11 enjoyed a visit to Manchester Airport and the Trafford Centre at the start of their course.

The Real Business Challenge 2016/17 - winners!

Last year our current Year 11 Business students entered the Real Business Challenge, a national enterprise competition run by Coca-Cola which gave the students a chance to work on a live business project with mentors from one of the world's leading brands. Students were asked to develop a new juice drink for the Special Olympics.  Two teams were selected to present their work at the regional finals at the Royal Armouries in Leeds and we are very proud to say a team from Whitcliffe Mount were declared overall winners, bringing home the £1000 prize.


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