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Business and Enterprise

Subject update | 14 March 2024

GCE Business: delivery support

Resources, both free and paid-for, which might support your teaching of Edexcel GCE Business.

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There is a sister page to help you understand the assessment of this qualification.

Free support

The qualification page provides:

  • a Getting Started Guide (which provides more detailed specification guidance)
  • an editable scheme of work
  • course planners
  • content from past training events

Free student livestreams on a variety of Theme 1 and 2 topics start on Tuesday 10 October at 18.00 and continue on subsequent Tuesdays until the end of November.

This document considers:

  • key assessment differences between the specifications
  • key content differences between the specifications

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The pre-released context document for Paper 3 focuses on a broad context, such as an industry or market in which businesses operate.

A new context is provided at the very end of November every year and relates to the examination series for the following summer.

Free training for Theme 2: Teach Accounting with confidence

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 then further sessions on:

  • introduction to the fundamentals of accounting
  • statement of financial position
  • sources of finance
  • statement of comprehensive income
  • financial analysis (ratios)
  • cash flows
  • budgeting and break-even
  • application to other Theme 2 topics
Each session includes a recording and access to free teaching resources, presentations, class activities and assessment practice examples.
 
The materials are all free.  The first step is to create an account on the Accounting Cafe website.

There are a number of pre-reccorded training sessions available for you to listen to:

  • Delivering Economics A for Business teachers
  • Writing your own case studies like an exam writer
  • New to Edexcel
  • How level descriptors actually work
  • Feedback on Summer 2019 Papers 1 and 2
  • Feedback on Summer 2019 Paper 3
  • Business finance - why  is it important?

There are also materials from past training events that you can download, including:

  • Getting ready to teach events
  • mocks marking training
  • feedback events for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 exam series

Four network meetings were held between January and April 2022

The recordings and materials from these meetings are now available:

  • How to support learners when developing their chains of reasoning
  • Plans on how to approach the Advance Information
  • How to use and adapt other materials for additional assessment material
  • How to help students prepare for the 20 mark question

Each session includes a recording and access to the materials used.

We have a GCE Business Facebook group where you can share ideas and post questions. The group has over 1400 members.

As well as the Facebook group there is a new, public, subject community where you will be able to see all posts without logging in, although you will need to log in with your Edexcel Online details to post a comment.

To keep the Facebook group exclusively for teachers, a check will be made to see that you have an Edexcel Online account when you join.

Teachers tend to think of using apps as teaching tools in the classroom. Yet, they can also be used for general tasks, such as workload management, productivity, and organisation.

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The Economics, Business and Enterprise Association (EBEA) is the professional subject association for everyone interested in the teaching and study of Economics, Business and Enterprise.

It is free to become a registered member and this gives you access to an archive of journals and articles which are older than one year. Paid membership (which is tax deductible) provides you with a monthly newsletter and a termly printed journal.

Free resources

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The Be in Business resources were created to try and increase representation in business education.

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Revas offer business simulation games for students of different ages.  A range of different contexts can be chosen from beauty salons to vet clinics.

Ian Marcouse's Topical Cases are emailed to subscribers on the 1st of every month and are free to subscribers. These include exam-style case studies with answers as well as revision tests. The stories used are all very current (topical) and, as they are sent in Word, can be easily adapted as you wish.

There are resources you might be able to use and/or adapt in the GCE Business dropbox folder.

The files section of the Facebook group also includes resources shared by other teachers.

The Chartered Insitute of Marketing has some interesting Theme 1 Topic 1.3 teaching resources on its content hub.

Why not take a look?

The FT's free online subscriptions to students aged 16-19, their teachers and schools around the world is a very valuable resource for all Business teachers.

These case studies have been adapted from articles in the FT and tailored to the requirements of our A level specification.  They include specification links, suggested research activities and exam style questions.  These 28 case studies were produced in 2023.

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  Case Study Theme 1 Theme 2 Theme 3 Theme 4
1 Nestle 1.2.1 Demand
1.3.5 Marketing strategies
2.3.1 Profit
2.5.1 Economic influences
3.4.3 Shareholders versus stakeholders  
2 Transatlantic Travel 1.1.1 How competition affects the market
1.1.2 Market positioning
1.3.2 Ways to build a brand
 
2.5.1 Exchange rates    
3 Heinz 1.1.1 Market share

2.3.1 Ways to improve profitability
3.1.4 Impact of external influences  
4 Instagram
1.3.2 Branding and promotion 2.5.2 Legislation 3.4.4 Business ethics  
5 Primark       4.3.1 Marketing
4.3.3 Cultural factors
4.4.2 Ethics
6 Next 1.4.1 Approaches to staffing 2.3.2 Business failure
2.4.3 Stock control
3.2.2 Mergers and takeovers    
7 Amazon 1.4.2 Recruitment, selection and training 2.2.1 Sales forecasting
2.3.1 Profit
2.4.1 Production, productivity and efficiency
   
8 Chicken 1.2.2 Factors that lead to a change in supply
1.2.3 Markets
2.2.3 Break even 3.1.4 Impact of external influences 4.1.2 International trade and business growth
9 Honda 1.1.1 The market
1.3.3 Pricing strategies
    4.2.4 Reasons for global mergers and Joint ventures
10 Renault 1.1.3 Market positioning
1.3 Marketing mix and strategy
2.3.1 Profit
2.5.1 Economic influences
   
11 AnMouf 1.2.1 Demand
1.2.3 Markets
  3.1.4 Impact of external influences  
12 Asda
1.3.4 Distribution
1.4.1 Approaches to staffing
1.4.2 Recruitment, selection and training
1.4.3 Organisational design
     
13 Amazon Warehouses 1.4.1 Approaches to staffing
1.4.3 Organisational design
    4.4.1 Impact of MNCs on the local economy
14 Twitter 1.4.1 Approaches to staffing
1.4.4 Motivation in theory and practice
2.5.2 Employee legislation    
15 Doc Martens   2.3.1 Profit
2.5.1 Economic influences
  4.3.1 Marketing
4.2.3 Assessment of a country as a production location
16 Halfords 1.3.5 Marketing strategy 2.5.1 Economic influences 3.1.4 Impact of external influences 4.1.5 Trading blocs
4.2.5 Global competitiveness
17 Women entrepreneurs 1.5.2 Entrepreneurial motives and characteristics
1.5.6 Moving from entrepreneur to leader
     
18 Food shortages 1.2.2 Supply
1.2.3 Markets
    4.1.5 Trading blocs
19 Online to Offline shopping 1.3.4 Distribution
1.3.5 Marketing strategy
2.5.3 The competitive environment 3.1.2 Theories of corporate strategy
3.2.2 Mergers and takeovers
 
20 BrewDog 1.4.1 Approaches to staffing
 
  3.1.2 Theories of corporate strategy
 
4.2.1 Conditions that prompt trade
4.2.4 Reasons for global mergers or joint ventures
4.3.3 Cultural/social factors
21 Nestle 1.3.1 Product/service design 2.5.1 Economic influences
2.5.3 The competitive environment  
3.1.2 Theories of corporate strategy
3.4.3 Shareholders verses stakeholders
 
22 Prime   2.2.1 Sales forecasting
2.5.2 Legislation
3.1.4 Impact of external influences
3.2.1 Growth
 
23 Tik Tok 1.4.1 Approaches to staffing
1.4.4 Motivation in theory and practice
     
24 Twitter   2.1.4 Planning
2.2.2 Sales, revenue, and costs
2.3.2 Liquidity
   
25 Meta 1.4.1 Approaches to staffing 2.4.1 Production, productivity and efficiency
2.5.2 Legislation
 
   
26 Fast Fashion 1.3.1 Product/service design
 
    4.4.2 Ethics
4.2.1 Conditions that prompt trade
27 Premier Inn 1.4.4 Motivation in theory and practice
1.5.5 Business choices
2.3.1 Profit
2.4.2 Capacity utilisation
3.1.4 Impact of external influences   4.4.2 Ethics
28   Kirin     3.1.2 Theories of corporate strategy
3.2.2 Mergers and takeovers
4.2.2 Assessment of a country as a market
 

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
 
     

Paid-for support from Pearson

A level Bus textbook

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This Student Book is accompanied by an ActiveBook (digital version of the Student Book) and covers both the AS and A level courses for the Edexcel Business specification, for first teaching in September 2015.

The Student Book contains clear signposted links and support for quantitative skills, synoptical, evaluative and analytical skills to develop students’ conceptual understanding of each topic. It will give students the knowledge and understanding required for the new specification and support through a linear course.

The ActiveBook gives students an easy way to personalise their learning as they progress through the course, and is perfect for revision.

The ActiveBook is available to buy separately and a Kindle edition is also available.

This Teacher Pack for the Edexcel AS and A level Business specifications offers support materials for teachers and provides answers to all the Student Book activities.

This Teacher Download Pack is available via the ActiveLearn platform.

Designed for hassle-free, independent study and priced to meet both your and your students' budgets, this combined Revision Guide and Workbook is the smart choice for those revising for Edexcel AS/A level Business and includes: test test test

  • A FREE online edition
  • One-topic-per-page format
  • 'Now Try This' practice questions on topic pages
  • Exam skills pages including Worked examples with exemplar answers
  • Exam-style practice pages with practice questions in the style of the exams
  • Guided support and hints providing additional scaffolding, to help avoid common pitfalls.

Paid-for support from Hodder

Authors: Ian Marcouse, Andrew Hammond, Nigel Watson

Ian Marcousé's accessible and engaging textbooks brought together in one updated volume covering everything your students need to know for the Pearson Edexcel A level Business specification.

- Breaks content down into short, clear chapters - covering all topics in the depth students need
- Updated business examples throughout the text and in end of unit case studies bring the subject to life
- A range of questions and activities provide students with the opportunity to apply what they know and practise questions
- Builds students' confidence with key terms used in context and compiled in an accessible glossary
- Supported by an Answer Guide to assist teaching and save time

This Student Book has been endorsed for use with the Pearson Edexcel A Level Business qualification.

Up-to-date and focused workbooks to help students practice their skills and improve their subject knowledge both inside and outside the classroom.

These guides include clear topic summaries of content needed for the exams, knowledge-check questions and samples of exam-style questions and answers throughout.

An updated approach to revision to help students, learn, practise and apply their skills and understanding. Coverage of key content is combined with practical study tips and effective revision strategies.

Other paid-for support

The Economics Factory now has digital versions of the Anforme A level Business books.

Visit the Economics Factory

APT provides end of theme papers

AZ

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100 worksheets organised alphabetically – easy to use and each with the answers on the back. Incredibly useful for:

  • Starters
  • Speedy revision – perhaps to break up a double period
  • Revision – the pack comes on disk as well as on paper, so you can put 100 worksheets up in front of students prior to the A Level exams – it’s a pretty infinite resource

Topical content and articles linked to A-level specification topics, the Business Review magazine is available in print and as an eMagazine.

With the eLibrary (back issues since 2009)

Revisionstation provides complete teaching resource packs for Edexcel A Level Business and AS level business. The packs include PowerPoints and worksheets.

Find out more:

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Time 2 Resources provides worksheets, diagram postcards and presentations

Tutor2U provides assessment packs, CPD, workbooks and many free resources too.

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