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Specification

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.
· GCSE in Business Studies: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3
· GCSE in Business Communications: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 4
· GCSE in Business…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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:

·…

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