GCE Business Studies (2016)

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The CCEA GCE Business Studies specification provides insight into how organisations meet stakeholders’ needs. Students explore businesses’ decision-making and risk-taking processes. They develop awareness of organisations’ ethical dilemmas and responsibilities.

Students also develop transferable skills that help them to access further education courses or become valued employees. This course offers a foundation for careers in marketing, finance, accountancy, human resources or self-employment.

This specification is available at two levels: AS and A2. Students can take the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification. They can also choose to take the AS course as a stand-alone qualification.

In the AS units, students explore business structures and the importance of recruiting and training a quality labour force. They investigate the role of financial information in business decision making.

Students who continue to A2 gain insight into business planning, and how globalisation and sustainability issues affect business activities.

The specification has four units:

  • Unit AS 1: Introduction to Business
  • Unit AS 2: Growing the Business
  • Unit A2 1: Strategic Decision Making
  • Unit A2 2: The Competitive Business Environment.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2016
First award of AS level: from Summer 2017
First award of A level: from Summer 2018
QAN AS level: 601/8979/4
QAN A level: 601/8980/0
Subject code: 3210
Guided learning hours AS level: 180
Guided learning hours A level: 360
Qualification level: 3

Skills developed through our GCE Business Studies

This specification builds on learning from Key Stage 4 and gives students opportunities to continue to develop the Cross-Curricular Skills and the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.

Students can develop their communication skills in class discussions and develop their critical reading and writing skills by reviewing and commenting on different business resources. They use their ICT skills to explore business models and interrogate financial information. This equips them with the information to make qualified judgements on how changing factors affect business.

For more information on this specification contact:

Jill Armer
Subject Officer
(028) 9590 6686
Arlene Ashfield
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9590 6678