Summer 2016 GCE Business exams

Mon Jan 04 07:30:00 UTC 2016

The summer 2016 exam series for GCE Business students will stretch over May and June, a time when sporting distractions can divert attention away from revision. It may be wise to bear these in mind when planning revision sessions or when helping students plan their revision timetables.

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GCE (2015) Business

Date Unit code Unit title
19 May p.m. 8BS0 01 Business Paper 1
24 May p.m. 8BS0 02 Business Paper 2

The summer 2016 exam series will be the first AS exams for the new specifications. The major distractions will be:

  • the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley, which starts on 19 May and finishes on 23 May
  • the FA Cup Final on 21 May.

The first A level exams will take place in summer 2017.

GCE (2008) Business Studies

Date Unit code Unit title
19 May p.m. 6BS01 Business Studies Unit 1
24 May p.m. 6BS02 Business Studies Unit 2
14 June p.m. 6BS03 Business Studies Unit 3
22 June p.m. 6BS04 Business Studies Unit 4

The summer 2016 exam series provides resit opportunities for AS units and brings the 2008 qualification to an end with this timeline for resits:

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Revision for the AS resits will need to factor in the first Test and the FA Cup Final (as above).

Preparation for the A2 units will be competing with the Euro 2016 finals in France: 

  • The first England game against Russia is on 11 June which leaves two clear days before the Unit 3 exam although it will be important not to be distracted by three interesting games on 13 June including the Belgium v Italy match.
  • England then play Wales on 16 June, with the third game against Slovakia on 20 June. The day before the Unit 4 exam includes three potential 'crunch' games including Northern Ireland v Germany. 

GCE Applied Business

Date Unit code Unit title
19 May p.m. 6916 Applied Business Unit 1
24 May p.m. 6921 Applied Business Unit 6
14 June p.m. 6925 Applied Business Unit 10

The major distractions for Units 1 and 6 will be:

  • the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley, which starts on 19 May and finishes on 23 May
  • the FA Cup Final on 21 May.

Preparation for Unit 10 will be competing with the Euro 2016 finals in France. The first England game against Russia is on 11 June which should provide two clear days to focus on Unit 10 but those two days include six highly watchable matches including Ireland v Sweden followed by Belgium v Italy the evening before the exam.

IAL Business Studies

Date Unit code Unit title
19 May p.m. WBS01 Business Studies Unit 1
24 May p.m. WBS02 Business Studies Unit 2
14 June p.m. WBS03 Business Studies Unit 3
22 June p.m. WBS04 Business Studies Unit 4

As well as the current January and summer series, units 1 and 2 will also be available in October 2016. The provisional timetable for October is provided below:

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It is perhaps fortunate that the knockout phase of the Euro 2016 finals starts after the last exam, and for tennis fans Wimbledon fortnight does not start until Monday 27 June.

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