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Edexcel GCSE in Business Studies (2BS01)
Edexcel GCSE in Business Communications (2BC01)
Edexcel GCSE in Business Studies and Economics (2BE01)
Edexcel GCSE (Short Course) in Business Studies (3BS01)
Issue 2
January 2010

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Welcome to the Edexcel GCSE
in Business Specification
Issue 2
As a result of feedback from centres we have made changes. This version is
Issue 2 and key changes are indicated by a sideline.
This specification and the assessment have been written to help all your
students succeed. It has been designed in sections to help you find your way
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Introduction
The Edexcel GCSEs in Business Studies, Business Communications, Business Studies and
Economics and Short Course in Business Studies are designed for use in schools and colleges.
They are part of a suite of GCSE qualifications offered by Edexcel.
About this specification
How is this specification different to previous GCSE Business specifications?
The Edexcel GCSEs in Business Studies (1503), Business and Communication Systems (1504),
Business Studies and Economics (1171) and the Short Course in Business Studies (3503)
have been combined into one specification.…read more

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Contents
Specification at a glance 4
A Qualification content 11
Knowledge and understanding 11
Skills 11
List of unit contents 12
Unit 1 Introduction to Small Business 13
Overview 13
Detailed unit content 14
Unit 2 Investigating Small Business 24
Overview 24
Assessment criteria 25
Unit 3 Building a Business 30
Overview 30
Detailed unit content 31
Unit 4 Business Communications 39
Overview 39
Detailed unit content 40
Unit 5 Introduction to Economic Understanding 55
Overview 55
Detailed unit content 56
Unit 6 Introduction to…read more

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Contents
Access arrangements and special requirements 71
Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 71
Controlled assessment 72
Summary of conditions for controlled assessment 72
Internal standardisation 72
Authentication 73
Further information 73
Assessing your students 73
Awarding and reporting 74
Unit results 74
Qualification results 76
Resitting of units 77
Language of assessment 77
Quality of written communication 77
Stretch and challenge 78
Malpractice and plagiarism 78
Student recruitment 78
Progression 78
Grade descriptions 79
C Resources, support and training 80
Edexcel resources 80
Edexcel publications 80…read more

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Specification at a glance
Course structure
This specification is divided into six units of content. There are four pathways within the specification.…read more

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Specification at a glance
Unit 2 Investigating Small Business *Unit code: 5BS02
· Compulsory unit 25% of
the total
· Internally assessed GCSE
· Availability: June series
· First assessment: June 2010
Overview of content
· Same content as Unit 1.
Overview of assessment
· This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.
· Students complete one Edexcel-set task with a total of 40 marks.
· Research/investigation ­ approximately two weeks of curriculum of time (a maximum of six
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Specification at a glance
Unit 3 Building a Business *Unit code: 5BS03
· Compulsory unit for GCSE Business Studies pathway only 50% of
the total
· Externally assessed GCSE
· Availability: June series
· First assessment: June 2010
Overview of content
This unit contains five topics:
· marketing
· meeting customer needs
· effective financial management
· effective people management
· the wider world affecting business.…read more

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Specification at a glance
Unit 4 Business Communications *Unit code: 5BS04
· Compulsory unit for GCSE Business Communications pathway only 50% of
the total
· Externally assessed GCSE
· Availability: June series
· First assessment: June 2010
Overview of content
This unit contains four topics:
· communication
· communication with stakeholders of a business
· business communication tools
· communicating via the web.…read more

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Specification at a glance
Unit 5 Introduction to Economic Understanding *Unit code: 5BS05
· Compulsory unit for GCSE Business Studies and Economics pathway only 50% of
the total
· Externally assessed GCSE
· Availability: June series
· First assessment: June 2010
Overview of content
This unit contains five topics:
· How can I start to think like an economist?
· Risk or certainty?
· Big or small?
· Is growth good?
· Is the world fair?
Overview of assessment
· Written examination: 1 hour 30…read more

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