March 2022 Business update

8 March 2022

The Advance Information was made available in February and after carrying out further checks, we have updated the advance information document for International GCSE Business where minor amendments were needed due to typographical reasons - the tables were reformatted. These updates are reflected on pages 4, 6, 8 and 10. Please check that you have downloaded the latest version.

The update also introduces the 2022 Be The Future Enterprise Challenge which invites your learners to create a social enterprise idea that addresses a social or environmental issue, such as poverty, climate change or inequality.

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May/June 2022 exam series

The Advance Information is now available for:

  • AS and A level Business,
  • GCSE Business
  • International GCSE Business

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The purpose of advance information is to support students’ revision, and it is intended to give information in advance about the focus of the content of the summer 2022 exams.  

Our website is up-to-date with FAQs on advance information.

The JCQ Advance Information page has published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for both Students and Exam Centres, as well as Guidance for Students.

This page provides information and support to you and your students as you prepare for the summer 2022 assessments. We’ll be releasing more information and guidance as arrangements are confirmed and will ensure we keep you up to date with all the qualification news for summer 2022.

Contingency arrangements that are being put in place in the unlikely event that examinations cannot take place in May/June 2022.

Grading

Ofqual has also published its position on grading (grade boundaries) for the May/June 2022 exam series.

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BTF 2022

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The 2022 Be The Future challenge is to create a social enterprise idea that addresses a social or environmental issue, such as poverty, climate change or inequality. Learners are encouraged to submit ideas for a social enterprise that could work to resolve these issues.

Submissions will be categorised by learners' Key Stage.

Go to the 2022 Be The Future page.

If you wanted to link the Be The Future challenge to curriculum content there are two activities available one for GCSE and one for A level:

  • GCSE 2.1.4 and environmental trade-offs
  • A level 1.3.1 design and social trends

Go to the activities

 

A new International GCSE November series - 2023

We're introducing a regular International GCSE November series, first running in November 2023. This series is being introduced to best meet the needs of students requiring International GCSE exam opportunities outside of the full May/June series and it will include International GCSE Business.

There will be no November series in 2022.

Please take a look at the timeline in the document below.

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We know that many of you will still want to offer International GCSE exams between May/June 2022 and May/June 2023 and we will therefore continue to run the January series in 2023.

This will be the last January International GCSE series.
 

 

Training and professional development

The “Teach accounting with confidence” course uses the BaSIS Framework to help learners understand the accounting equation and the relationship between assets, liabilities, equity, income and expenses.  The Colour Accounting Learning System is an educational approach that makes accounting education accessible, engaging and fun for learners and teachers alike.

The course is hosted on the Accounting Cafe website.

The introdcutory session outlines the pedagogy.

Listen to the introductory session.

There are seven further sessions:

1. The BaSIS Board

2. Sources of Finance

3. Statement of Comprehensive Income

4. Statement of Financial Position

5. Financial analysis using ratios

6. Cash Flows

7. Break-even, budgeting and forecasting

Each session includes a recording and access to free teaching resources, presentations, class activities and assessment practice examples.


Go to the A level course

The third in our series of monthly spring term Business A Level network events, focuses on adapting existing assessment materials to expand the range of resources you have as your disposal for assessing your students.

As a follow up to the On demand course “How to create case studies”

this event will look at:

- Where you can source other material suitable for the specification

- How to adapt the materials so that they are suitable for students

- Ways to ensure assessment is still valid

- Opportunity to look at example materials that have been produced

- This event will provide delegates with materials to take away and use at their centre

Please note: a recording of the event will be available to attendees only.

The third in our series of monthly spring term Business GCSE network events, focuses on supporting you as you gear up towards revision for the Summer series, by looking at how to use all of the available existing materials to develop a plan for question setting. In this session you will see examples and take away materials to help you prepare and deliver a concise and broad revision programme of assessment using materials available already.

Please note: a recording of the event will be available to attendees only.

We are always looking to recruit examiners across our qualifications. This is an excellent opportunity to gain invaluable insight into assessment and to work with other examiners to get some fresh teaching and learning ideas and approaches for your subject. More information about our vacancies, the application criteria and which subjects are currently recruiting can be found on our assessment associates web page.

27 – 29 June 2022

Cavendish Conferences, Central London or online (run over 5 days)

This course is a serious attempt to prepare teachers to deliver Business Studies for the first time. It includes direct instruction on how to teach elasticity, accounts & ratios, investment appraisal, ethics and many other key topics.

Plenty of exam questions and student answers are looked at to establish the right level – A level.

Delegates receive a memory stick with a wealth of Ian Marcouse’s resources.

The 3 day course is £399 including lunches and all refreshments and a memory stick packed with resources.

To register, please email: marcouse@btopenworld.com

Professional Development Academy

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The Professional Development Academy is a one-stop shop that provides access to a wide range of flexible, high-quality online courses for teachers.

You will find a range of on-demand, live and self-guided training courses creating flexible options for learning at a time that suits individual needs.

Browse all courses on the Professional Development Academy

 

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Be in Business

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#BeInBusiness is an online initiative created to support schools and educators, by inspiring greater student inclusion in Business at GCSE and A Level with a series of thought-provoking interviews, real-life case studies, and exciting industry contributions, designed to be widely shared in schools and educational settings.

As part of the campaign, we would like to spotlight a diverse range of perspectives and achievements through an interview series, in which a young business student interviews a diverse business leader.

We would be delighted if one (or more) of your students would be interested in performing these interviews. If you think this would be of interest, please fill in the short form below and we will get in touch with you shortly.

 

Our Business qualifications

GCSE Lion

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GCSE Business

Please open the support tab below for links to delivery and assessment support.

We are interested in hearing from teachers of our GCSE Business course who feel the content within the current specification could now be in need of a refresh or update. Please let us know below if there are any topics or areas of the content that you feel would be useful for us to review with the potential to updating it in the future, either through the current existing qualification or through a potential future new qualification. If you would welcome a discussion with one of our research colleagues, please submit your contact details in the relevant section, and we will be in touch to discuss your ideas.

For help with:

  • free support and networking
  • free resources
  • paid-for resources from Pearson
  • paid-for resources from Hodder
  • other paid-for resources

For help with:

  • recorded feedback training
  • exam materials
  • building your own question papers using examWizard
  • analysing results with Results Plus
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries
  • grade statistics

The May/June 2022 exam timetable is:

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Results day: 25 August 2022

This Advance Information for the May/June 2022 exam series is now available below.

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This guidance below aims to give teachers and learners an indication of the approach taken to advance information and is available to access under 'Summer 2022 support' on the 'Teaching and learning materials' page for GCSE Business.

The advance information revision support, including your free front-of-class Revision ActiveBooks, can be accessed through the subject interactive PDF below.

Go to the Advance Information revision support page

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Help your GCSE Business students prepare for mocks and stay confident with the free Pearson Revise web app and a 55% discount* on revision books!

Matched to the Pearson Edexcel specification.

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International GCSE Business

Please open the support tab below for links to delivery and assessment support.

You will also find information on the 2022 summer exam series.

For help with:

  • free support and networking
  • free resources
  • paid-for resources

For help with:

  • exam materials
  • building your own question papers using examWizard
  • exemplar answers
  • analysing results with Results Plus
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries
  • grade statistics

The May/June 2022 exam timetable is:

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Results day: 25 August 2022

This Advance Information for the May/June 2022 exam series is now available below.

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This guidance below aims to give teachers and learners an indication of the approach taken to advance information and is available to access under 'Summer 2022 support' on the 'Teaching and learning materials' page for International GCSE Business.

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A level Business

Please open the support tab below for links to delivery and assessment support.  

For help with:

  • free support and networking
  • free resources
  • paid-for resources from Pearson
  • paid-for resources from Hodder
  • other paid-for resources

For help with:

  • recorded feedback training
  • exam materials
  • building your own question papers using examWizard
  • analysing results with Results Plus
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries
  • grade statistics

The pre-released context for the May/June 2022 paper 3 is now available.

The May/June 2022 exam timetable is:

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Results day: 18 August 2022

This Advance Information for the May/June 2022 exam series is now available below.

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The guidance below aims to give teachers and learners an indication of the approach taken to advance information and is available to access under 'Summer 2022 support' on the 'Teaching and learning materials' page for A level Business.

The advance information revision support, including your free front-of-class Revision ActiveBooks, can be accessed through the subject interactive PDF below.

Go to the Advance Information revision support page

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The exam question finder tool allows you to find questions from the 2016-2019 exam series allowing you to filter by paper, topic, marks, question number and year. The document links directly to the case study in each case.

The further assessment materials contain short papers focusing on key areas of the specification. Each paper contains two questions, a mark scheme and annotated exemplar answers.

The additional assessment materials were produced last summer but are catalogued by theme and sub topic.

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IAL Business

Please open the support tab below for links to delivery and assessment support.

You will also find information on the 2022 summer exam series.

For help with:

  • free support and networking
  • IAL university recognition
  • free resources
  • paid-for resources
  • Student book answers 

For help with:

  • exam materials
  • building your own question papers using examWizard
  • exemplar answers
  • analysing results with Results Plus
  • the key command verbs
  • grade boundaries
  • grade statistics

The exam timetable is:

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Results day: 18 August 2022

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