GCSE Business Studies


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GCSE Business Studies

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Study your GCSE Business Studies from home, and wave goodbye to stressful revision, quizzes, and classes!

When you enrol in this course, you’ll be supported every step of the way by our expert personal tutors, who will guide you to pass your exams and achieve your highest possible score.

While it’s possible to complete the course without exams and practicals, without them you will not hold a full AQA GCSE Business Studies qualification.

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The GCSE Business Studies course is designed to be accessible to a wide range of students, regardless of their future career aspirations. Whether you want to pursue a business related career, go on to study business at A-level, or just want to acquire general business knowledge, this course is for you!

Students will be provided with a fundamental grasp of business concepts such as marketing, finance, operations, and entrepreneurship. It also promotes critical thinking, problem solving, and data analysis abilities. It lays the groundwork for further advanced study in business, and can be useful in many other fields.

Course Units

Qualification Number: 603/0304/9

3.1 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

3.2 Influences on Business 

  • Technology
  • Ethical and Environmental Considerations
  • The Economic Climate on Businesses
  • Globalisation
  • Legislation
  • Competitive Environment

3.3 Business Operations 

  • Production Processes
  • The Role of Procurement
  • The Concept of Quality
  • Good Customer Services

3.4 Human Resources 

  • Organisational Structures
  • Recruitment and Selection of Employees
  • Motivating Employees
  • Training

3.5 Marketing 

  • Identifying and Understanding Customers
  • Segmentation
  • The Purpose and Methods of Market Research
  • The Elements of the Marketing Mix

3.6 Finance 

  • Sources of Finance
  • Cash Flow
  • Financial Terms and Calculations
  • Analysing the Financial Performance of a Business


The GCSE Business Studies is assessed with two written exams. These exams take place in May and June, and are 1 hour and 45 minutes each. Each paper is worth 50% of your overall GCSE mark.

You will need to complete these exams under supervision at an exam centre. There is a separate fee to book your exams, which is paid directly to the exam centre at the time of booking. We’ll be there to help you book your exams when you’re ready (we recommend booking well in advance to secure your spot).

Paper 1 will assess:

  • Business in the Real World
  • Influences on Business
  • Business Operations
  • Human Resources

Paper 2 will assess:

  • Business in the Real World
  • Influence on Business
  • Marketing
  • Finance

Required Knowledge

All you need to enrol on this GCSE is an interest in business and a good attitude! We’ll help with the rest.

Awarding Body

Upon successful completion of the GCSE Business Studies course, you will be awarded an AQA GCSE in Business Studies.


Taking a GCSE course with us means you’ll be enrolling into a learning journey where you’ll be supported every step of the way.

Preparing and revising for exams can be stressful, but we are committed to providing you with all the support you need to ace your exams.

Our guides and materials have been designed to make studying for your GCSEs as engaging and accessible as possible. Our team of personal tutors and support staff will be on-hand to offer advice, guidance, and feedback.

You’ll have access to a range of self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked study questions to help you understand and consolidate your learning, and our tutors will work to guide and mentor you towards success.

No student should have to feel alone in their studies, and with us, you won’t be. Whether you have a quick question or require more detailed guidance, rest assured that our team is here to help.

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You have 2 years to complete this course, but can complete at a faster pace without any additional costs.

You will be able to take your exams at the nearest possible exam centre to you. We’ll assist in the booking of your exams and make sure you can get to the most practical location!

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this is a distance learning course, which means your assessments will be submitted and marked using our online LMS (Learner Management System).

Students who reside outside of the United Kingdom are able to study our GCSE courses. However, examinations must occur within the UK.

There are no prerequisites or required qualifications to study this course.

In other words, if you’re reading this, you’re ready!

This is a government-regulated qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual-regulated awarding body.

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