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June 2024 Business update

Thu May 30 13:45:00 UTC 2024

Welcome to this June 2024 update.

In this update, the Key Dates section tells you when the exam materials will be made available and the letter from Ofqual (under Assessment) has information about grade setting for this series.

If you are still having problems with our Multi-Factor Authentication, there is some help under 'Other information' at the end of this update.

I hope that your students are getting on well with their exams.

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Key dates

Date Activity
2 July Question papers released (uploaded)
16 July Mark schemes released (uploaded)
15 August  Results day for A level and IAL
20 August Examiners' reports for A level and IAL released (uploaded)
22 August Results day for GCSE and International GCSE
27 August Examiners' reports for GCSE and International GCSE released (uploaded)

Get Real Business - a new resource

Get Real is a new educational resource created for business education.

The resource includes video interviews and case studies with organisations in the private and third sectors on topics in the business curriculum.


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GCSE Business network events

Thank you very much for supporting our 2023-2024 GCSE Business after-school network events.  If you missed any events, the recordings are available in our You Tube Channel.


FT case studies for GCSE Business

This year the case studies have a slightly different format which includes suggested answers.

  Case study Topic areas - Theme 1 Topic areas - Theme 2
29 Mars 1.1.1 The dynamic nature of business
1.5.1 Business stakeholders
2.1.4 Ethics, the environment and business
2.3.2 Working with suppliers
2.4.2 Understanding business performance
30 Deliveroo 1.2.4 The competitive environment
1.4.2 Business location
2.1.1 Business growth
2.1.3 Business and globalisation

31 Legoland 1.1.1 The dynamic nature of business
1.1.3 The role of business enterprise
1.2.1 Customer needs
1.2.3 Market segmentation
1.4.4 Business plans
1.5.2 Technology and business
 
32 IKEA 1.1.1 The dynamic nature of business
1.5.4 The economy and business
1.5.5 External influences
2.1.1 Business growth
2.1.3 Business and globalisation
2.2.2 Price
2.2.4 Place
33 McDonald’s 1.1.1 The dynamic nature of business
1.3.2 Business revenues, costs and profits
1.4.3 The marketing mix
1.5.4 The economy and business
2.2.1 Product
2.2.2 Price
2.2.5 Using the marketing mix to make business decisions.
2.4.1 Business calculations
34 Shein 1.1.1 The dynamic nature of business
1.1.3 The role of business enterprise
1.2.1 Customer needs
1.2.3 Market segmentation
1.2.4 The competitive environment
2.1.1 Business growth
35 Mortgages 1.1.1 The dynamic nature of business
1.2.4 The competitive environment
1.5.4 The economy and business
1.5.5 External influences
 
36  Sainsbury's 1.1.1 The dynamic nature of business
1.1.3 The role of business enterprise
1.3.2 Business revenues, costs and profits
1.4.3 The marketing mix
2.2.1 Product
2.2.2 Price
2.2.3 Promotion
2.2.4 Place
2.2.5 Using the marketing mix to make business decisions
37 Bodyshop 1.1.1 The dynamic nature of business
1.1.3 The role of business enterprise
1.4.2 Business location
2.1.4 Ethics, the environment and business
2.2.1 Product
2.2.4 Place
2.2.5 Using the marketing mix to make business decisions
2.5.1 Organisational structures
38 Ferrari 1.2.3 Market segmentation
1.3.2 Business revenues, costs and profits
1.4.3 The marketing mix
2.1.4 Ethics, the environment and business
2.2.1 Product
2.2.2 Price
2.2. Using the marketing mix to make business decisions
2.3.1 Business operations
2.3.3 Managing quality
39 Greggs 1.1.3 The role of business enterprise
1.2.1 Customer needs
1.2.4 The competitive environment
1.3.1 Business aims and objectives
1.4.3 The marketing mix
2.1.1 Business growth
2.2.1 Product
2.2.2 Price
2.2.3 Promotion
2.2. Using the marketing mix to make business decisions
2.3.1 Business operations
40 M&S   2.5.1 Organisational structures
2.5.2 Effective recruitment
2.5.3 Effective training and development
41 Premier Inn 1.1.1 The dynamic nature of business
1.1.3 The role of business enterprise
1.2.1 Customer needs
1.5.4 The economy and business
2.1.1 Business growth
2.5.1 Organisational structures
2.5.3 Effective training and development
42 Adidas 1.2.1 Customer needs
1.2.4 The competitive environment
1.4.3 The marketing mix
2.2.1 Product
2.2.3 Promotion
2.2. Using the marketing mix to make business decisions
2.3.1 Business operations

May/June 2024 exam series

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For help with:

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For help with:

  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries and statistics
     

Onscreen exams rollout

International GCSE Business will have the first onscreen assessment available from 2024.

Make sure you’re signed up for the latest onscreen assessment news to find out how to register your school.

The Pearson onscreen sandbox (test environment) gives students all the practice they need to explore the platform’s functionality and build their confidence before they sit their exams onscreen.

It’s easy to register for an account: just click on Register for an account and enter your email address as your user ID.

The materials are digitised in the same platform as the mock and high-stakes onscreen exams and are a good opportunity for teachers and students to get to know the platform and functionality available.

Whilst the user experience mirrors what can be expected from the mocks and high-stakes assessments, please note that any solutions submitted through the sandbox environment by candidates will not be saved.


Modular International GCSE

International GCSE Business is in the last group of subjects to make a modular route available to learners from September 2025.

This means that we will have both a modular and a linear route to achieve this qualification for centres outside the UK.

If you are happy with the linear approach, there is no need to move to the modular route; our linear International GCSEs will continue to be offered and taken widely by learners around the world. ​

However, if you believe the modular route will be of benefit to your learners, this will be available from September 2025 with the first exams in May/June 2026.


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For help with:

  • free FT case studies
  • free resources
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  • paid-for resources from Hodder
  • other paid-for resources
     

For help with:

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  • building your own question papers (examWizard)
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries and statistics
     

A level Business network events

Thank you very much for supporting our 2023-2024 A level Business after-school network events.  If you missed any events, the recordings are available in our You Tube Channel.


Key terms for each theme

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FT case studies for A level Business

This year the case studies have a slightly different format which includes suggested answers.

  Case Study Theme 1 Theme 2 Theme 3 Theme 4
29 Sony 1.3.5 Marketing strategy 2.5.1 Economic influences 3.1.4 Impact of external influences  
30 Canada
 
2.4.1 Production, productivity and efficiency   4.2.2 Assessment of a country as a market
4.2.3 Assessment of a country as a production location
31 Directline     3.4.3 Shareholders versus stakeholders
3.6.1 Causes and effects of change
 
32 Aldi 1.5.3 Business Objectives     4.3.3 Cultural and social factors
33 Airbus 1.2.1 Demand
1.2.2 Supply
     
34 Spotify 1.3 Marketing mix and strategy
 
2.5.3 The competitive environment    
35 Social media     3.1.4 Impact of external influences  
36 Spotify 1.4.1 Approaches to staffing
1.4.4 Motivation in theory and practice
2.4.1 Production, productivity and efficiency    
37 iPhone production       4.1.2 International trade and business growth
4.2.3 Assessment of a country as a production location
4.2.4 Reasons for global merger or joint ventures
38 Shein 1.3.3 Pricing strategies
1.3.2 Branding and promotion
 
     
39 Biscoff 1.2.1 Demand
1.3.2 Branding and promotion
1.5.4 Forms of business
  3.2.1 Growth 4.3.1 Marketing
40  The high street 1.1.3 Market positioning
1.3.1 Product/service design
1.3.2 Branding and promotion
1.3.4 Distribution
2.5.1 Economic influences
 
3.1.2 Theories of corporate strategy
3.1.3 SWOT analysis
4.4.2 Ethics

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Onscreen exams rollout

IAL Business will have the first onscreen assessment available from 2026.

Make sure you’re signed up for the latest onscreen assessment news to find out how to register your school.

Assessment news

This letter from the Chief Regulator includes a section on grading arrangements for this summer.

The Ofqual Student Guide 2024 provides students with information about this year’s arrangements for GCSE, AS and A level qualifications, and explains what support is in place when taking exams and assessments.


Ofqual have also produced a guide for students on coping with exam pressure.


The JCQ also has a range of information and support for students – from coursework and onscreen exams to written exams, along with a checklist for exam day.


Pearson has a Getting ready for exams guide that includes some top tips and advice including:

  • preparing for exams
  • what happens on exam day
  • where to find further support
  • what happens once exams are over.

Pearson also offers exam wellbeing support to help you and your students navigate this time – from the run-up to exams, exams day and beyond.

Your students may also like to view our #examspelledout videos that explain all about the assessment process from the writing of the exam papers and modified papers to what happens to exam papers once they’ve left the school, grade boundaries and results.

There is a new support page for you to bookmark – General qualifications assessment support. Here we’ll share news information and updates from Ofqual, the Department for Education (DfE), the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and Pearson, relating to the exams and assessments for our GCSE, AS and A level qualifications.

We’ll be updating it regularly so you know you’ve got all the latest announcements, news, support materials and updates to enable you to teach our qualifications, help your students with their assessments and post-results support, to enable them to progress.

On 15 September 2023 the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) updated its ‘Instructions for the Conduct of Qualifications’ document for the 2023/24 academic year to provide more clarity to candidates, exam officers and teachers given recent changes in technology.

In particular, the use of calculators in exams has been updated in Section 10 ‘Using calculators’. The use of calculators applies to a number of different subjects so please do pass this information to all who need to read it.
Full details can be found in the in the booklet Instructions for conducting examinations 2023-2024 and a set of FAQs about using calculators on the JCQ website.

Other information

App-based multi-factor authentication for all users of Edexcel Online was introduced in December, to protect your data and maintain the integrity of our assessments.

This replaced the existing web based multi-factor authentication, and became mandatory on 5 December. All users require access to a smart phone device to receive a verification code to access Edexcel Online.

Based on feedback received this graphic was created to answer some common questions.

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