Examination Board: Edexcel

Specification: 2BS01


Description of Course

There are three units of study:-

Introduction to Small Business (5BS01) - 25%

Investigating Small Business (5BS02) - 25%    

Building a Business (5BS03) - 50%


How Will You Learn

Teaching and learning will make use of textbooks and online resources as well as contact with local businesses and case studies.

Key topics will include market research, finance, location of business, management of people and the wider economic world in which businesses operate.


Method of Assessment

Paper 1 - Introduction to Small Business - 45 minute multiple choice exam

Paper 2 - Building a Business - 1h 30 minute written exam – mixture of multiple choice, long and short answer questions, scenario-based questions.      

Unit 2 (Investigating a Small Business) will be assessed by producing a written controlled assessment based on your own individual research of a local business.


Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

Progression  to AS and A2 level Business Studies or Economics in our Sixth Form would be straightforward as the course content is the  foundation for those awards.

Career Routes

The skills, knowledge and understanding gained would also be preparation for a range of vocational courses and careers including business, marketing, finance and retail.  This subject is useful for those wishing to run their own business.


Pupil comments

“I found the course really interesting as I understood key terms used in the business world. I also learnt how small businesses are set up and run.”

“The course opened my eyes to the world of business. It was a good platform for the A Level course and equipped me with skills required for employment.”

“I enjoyed the visits to local business to see how they operate.”



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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
PL14 3EA

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