GCSE Business consultations now open | Pearson qualifications

GCSE Business consultations now open

21 July 2015

GCSE Business qualifications will be redeveloped for first teaching from September 2017. The consultations on the subject criteria and assessment objectives are now open. 

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The consultations propose that:

  • the content will be:
    • strengthened in terms of the core knowledge and skills that all students must develop
    • updated to cover the use of technology including e-commerce and social media.
  • there is a clearer focus on:
    • the overall purpose of businesses
    • how the different parts of a business work together
    • how business decisions are made.
  • students will be required to:
    • apply their knowledge to different business contexts (from small enterprises to large multinationals)
    • understand business behaviour in these contexts.
  • students will be expected to understand how to use specific quantitative skills in applying data to business decisions, and 10% of the marks for the qualification will be allocated to this

  • the new GCSE will be assessed by exam only.

There will be no optional pathway routes in the new GCSE Business. For further information, see Ofqual’s announcement

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The DfE is consulting on the subject content, and Ofqual is consulting on the amount of non-examined assessment and the assessment objectives.

You can find details of the consultations, including the content and assessment for GCSE Business, as well as how you can respond, on the DfE and Ofqual websites:

DfE consultation on subject content

Ofqual consultation on assessment arrangements


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