Key Stage 4



Exam Board and syllabus

AQA 8132

Business Studies is a new, exciting and popular subject to students at Key Stage 4. It enables them to develop a vital understanding of business activity, finance and the wider economic world. Business Studies offers a varied and interesting syllabus which will help you gain an insight into the world of business and also appreciate the factors affecting you at work.

Programme of Study

Business activity influences our everyday life in many ways. This course offers students the chance to learn how businesses are set up and grow: how businesses are marketed to their potential customers: how they are funded and manage their finances: how to recruit, motivate and train staff: how businesses produce and assess the quality of goods, the impact of technology and the importance of customer service.

Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will cover a variety of topics such as:

  • Business in the real world
  • Influences on business
  • Business operations
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
  • Finance


There are two written papers that will both be sat at the end of Year 11. The assessment structure is shown below:

Paper 1 Paper 2
Business in the real world Business in the real world
Influences on Business Influences on Business
Business Operations Marketing
Human Resources Finance
  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 90 marks
  • Paper 1 and 2 both equate to 50% of GCSE


  • Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks
  • Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth 34 marks
  • Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth 36 marks

What it leads to

Studying Business Studies should give students a good understanding of the business world, what affects it and how it affects the individual. It will also give students an awareness of how the world of work could affect them in their future careers.