In today’s economic climate, Business Studies is an important and worthwhile qualification.  No matter what you decide to do when you leave school, the chances are you will be involved in some way in a business.  Business Studies helps you to understand more about how and why businesses operate in the way that they do.   Why study Business Studies? In studying this course you will: • Have an understanding of what is happening in the news; • Learn about the perspectives of different stakeholders in business and economic activities; • Understand the changing use of ICT in business and economic activities; and • Gain a knowledge of business that will provide a basis for possible further study.   What will I study? Unit 1 Business Start up This unit will cover the three following themes: Business Start Up:  You will study how a business starts up and the importance of the role of the entrepreneur.  You will also learn about the sources of finance. Production: You will study the types and methods of production; quality assurance models and health and safety. Marketing: You will learn about customer’s needs and wants. You will study: methods of market research and sampling; competition that a business may face; and the marketing mix [the four Ps – price, place, product, promotion] Unit 2 Business Development This unit will cover four following themes: Finance: You will have the opportunity to use ratio analysis to interpret final accounts. You will also use management accounting techniques to help you make decisions. Managing People: You will learn about recruitment and selection; and developing people through training, motivation and appraisal. Business Growth: You will study why a business succeeds or fails’ and why it may grow. You will also study international business and e-commerce. Business Plan: You will learn about the content of business plans and the reasons for developing them.  You will also have the opportunity to construct and to evaluate a business plan.   How will I be assessed?There are two external assessments worth 35% and 40% respectively and one controlled assessment worth 25%. Type of Assessment Business Studies – Theory – Unit 1 Unit 1 will be a written examination of 1 hour 20 minutes duration and will have structured questions.  The examination paper is worth 35% of the overall GCSE qualification and is taken at the end of year 11. Business Studies  Unit 2 The written examination for Unit 2 will be of 1 hour 40 minutes duration and will have three structured questions with an incline of difficulty.  This examination paper is worth 40% of the overall GCSE qualification and is taken at the end of year 12. Controlled assessment You will complete one task from a range of tasks which CCEA will issue to centres. Each task is worth 25% of the overall GCSE qualification.   How can I find out more? CCEA microsite www.ccea.orguk/business_studies

Young Entrepreneurs take on Grahams Bakery’s business challengeYoung enterprise.jpeg

Students from Dromore High School are preparing to start real businesses in partnership with Grahams bakery and the QuickStart Programme, run by local charity Young Enterprise NI. Grahams Bakery, established in May Graham’s kitchen in 1956, has been in Dromore for 60 years. It is now managed by the third generation, granddaughters and past pupils, Esther and Lois, and grandson Tim. Grahams bakery approached Young Enterprise NI to utilise their programs that bring together companies and classrooms, encouraging students to be creative and begin to develop entrepreneurial qualities at a young age. Grahams are running the QuickStart Programme, supported by Ulster Bank, which sees Year 11 students develop a marketable cake product and business plan under the guidance of Tim Graham over the course of 8-10 weeks.  The class will be split into two companies and each will have the opportunity to compete for sales with their branded bakes in the local area, stores and online. The programme culminates with the students pitching their business to a panel of top Northern Irish businesspeople who will decide upon to the top QuickStart company. Cathy Morrison, Senior Development Manager at Young Enterprise Northern Ireland, commented: “Quick Start is a fantastic way for the students to gain first-hand experience of how business works.  Over the year they will prepare a business plan and design, produce and market their product.  They will also be expected to present a report and business accounts. We were very excited when Grahams Bakery approached us about this program, and all at Young Enterprise wish the two teams every success with their businesses.” Young Enterprise NI is a charity and is principally funded by the Department of Education.  For more information, including volunteering and fundraising opportunities please visit  For further details on Ulster Bank’s community initiatives, go to Catch up with the Grahams family bakery at, and their social media for information around new products and competitions.   _DSC1423 Graham’s Bakery Challenge Dromore High School Students Dr. Timothy Graham from Grahams’ Bakery in Dromore is running a Dragon’s Den style programme in association with Young Enterprise.  Dromore High School Year 11 Business Studies class is privileged to take part.  Two teams are going head-to-head to design a new product to celebrate Graham’s 60th Anniversary which includes branding, marketing, costing and selling their finished product.   _DSC1420

The 2 teams from Dromore High School in our Teen Business Challenge have finalised their cupcake brand designs.
Which is your favourite?!

The products have been finalised and the big day has arrived when they go on sale at Sport’s Day.

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