GCSE Business Studies (2017)

Please note: a Specification Addendum is in place for the 2020/2021 academic year for those candidates completing their course in Summer 2021. View Specification Addendum.

The CCEA GCSE Business Studies specification encourages students to investigate how businesses start up. They explore the resources, marketing and finance that businesses need and the challenges they face.

They also examine how businesses grow and the role of stakeholders: groups that have an interest in a business. They understand the role of human resources, the recruitment and selection process, and the value of employee training and motivation.

Important new topics include the role of social enterprise, e-business and m-business. Students discover how businesses can use electronic and mobile technology in different ways. They also learn to apply skills such as decision making, proposing business strategies or solutions, understanding other viewpoints and justifying decisions.

Assessment is through two written exams, each worth 40% of the final mark, and a controlled assessment unit worth 20%.

This specification is unitised, so it’s possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Learning for Life and Work Area of Learning.

The specification has three units:

  • Unit 1: Starting a Business
  • Unit 2: Developing a Business
  • Unit 3: Planning a Business.

Current Specification

Subject Code: 3210

Skills developed through our GCSE Business Studies

This specification supports the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 4 and gives students further opportunities to achieve their potential and develop skills for life.

This qualification links to the Cross-Curricular Skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT, as there are opportunities for group discussions and creating and interpreting charts and financial information. Students undertake online and offline research. It links into the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities, as students develop the skills of Self-Management, Working with Others and Problem Solving through group and individual work, for example in carrying out the controlled assessment task.

For more information on this specification contact:

Jill Armer
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2426
Arlene Ashfield
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2291