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Business Studies

Paper 1: Influences of operations and HRM on business activity.

Written   Exam



Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity.

Written  Exam



Both Paper 1 and Paper 2

Topic 1:  Business in the real world
  • The purpose and nature of businesses
  • Business ownership
  • Setting business aims and objectives
  • Stakeholders
  • Business location
  • Business planning
  • Expanding a business
Topic 2:  Influences on business
  • Technology
  • Ethical and environmental considerations
  • The economic climate of business
  • Globalisation
  • Legislation
  • The competitive environment

Paper 1: Influences on operations and HRM on business activity

Topic 3: Business operations
  • Production processes
  • The role of procurement
  • The concept of quality
  • Good customer service
Topic 4: Human Resources
  • Organisational structures
  • Recruitment and selection of employees
  • Motivating employees
  • Training

Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity

Topic 5:  Marketing
  • Identifying and understanding customers
  • Segmentation
  • The purpose and methods of market research
  • Elements of the marketing mix
  • Using the marketing mix: product and pricing
  • Promotion and distribution
Topic 6: Finances
  • Sources of finance
  • Cash flow
  • Financial terms and calculations
  • Analysing the financial performance of a business

Specific strategies

  • Practice Exam Questions: Familiarise yourself with different types of questions and how to construct answers.  Use the “Guide to answering…” document to help you develop your answers.  Use practice tests to identify topics for improvement.
  • Mind maps:  Use to explore important points before answering longer questions
  • Flash Cards: Useful for definitions of key facts, and common advantages/disadvantages, and formulae that need memorization.
  • Review and revise notes: PowerPoints and other lesson resources can be downloaded from the class files on Teams.
  • Attend revision sessions: Combination of topic-based sessions and exam-strategy sessions.  Targeted sessions will be advertised in lessons.

Revision areas

Topics covered in Year 10:

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Human Resources

Topics covered in Year 11:

  • Business operations
  • Marketing
  • Finance

Study guides/ websites