GCSE Business - Teaching from 2025

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Teaching: Sep 2025
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The GCSE Business qualification will support the Curriculum for Wales by:

  • Supporting the statements of what matters by giving learners the opportunity to:
    • gain a deeper understanding of the concepts underpinning humanities, and their application in local, national and global contexts
    • helping learners gather, justify, present, analyse, and evaluate a range of evidence
    • explore how and why interpretations may differ and by critical understanding of a range of interpretations and representations derived from a variety of evidence
    • understanding and appreciating how and why places in their locality and elsewhere in Wales, as well as in the wider world, are changing
    • understand, as producers and consumers, their own impact on the natural world
    • develop their own identity and an awareness of how they, as individuals, can shape the communities in which they live
    • heighten learners’ awareness of how the future sustainability of our world and climate change is influenced by the impact of those actions
    • appreciate how the evolution of places, communities and societies is driven by the interplay between a range of factors, including environmental, economic, social, political and cultural processes and human actions
    • develop an understanding of their responsibilities as citizens of Wales and the wider interconnected world
    • encourage learners to develop as self-aware, informed, ethical global citizens, who critically reflect on their own and others’ beliefs, values and attitudes.
  • Supporting the principles of progression by encouraging learners to:
    • ask increasingly sophisticated enquiry questions
    • demonstrate greater independence in finding suitable information, making informed predictions and hypotheses, and making judgements
    • increase their breadth and depth of knowledge and underlying concepts
    • develop an understanding of themselves in the world
    • demonstrate an ability to work with an increasing number and sophistication of sources of information, and a growing understanding of how to resolve contradictory or conflicting accounts
    • demonstrate a growing ability to transfer existing skills and knowledge into new, and increasingly unfamiliar contexts.
  • Supporting the subject specific considerations for Business by:
    • developing an understanding of business and its value to individuals, society and the Welsh, national and global economy
    • enabling learners to appreciate that the environment in which business takes place is constantly changing
    • appreciating the impact of business on people’s lives and the environment
    • examining ways in which businesses succeed or fail and the strategies required for success
    • developing an understanding of the contribution that business has in shaping the prosperity of communities and thereby people’s prospects for the future
    • exploring business creation through enterprise and entrepreneurship
    • developing skills to empower business problem solving and decision making.

The GCSE Business qualification will also be based on the following concepts:

  • business and society
  • business fundamentals
  • business strategies for success
  • change
  • cynefin
  • economies
  • enquiry and investigation
  • enterprise/ entrepreneurship
  • ethics
  • innovation
  • opportunities and challenges
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Key Dates
Publication of Draft Specification
Publication of Approved Specification
Publication of Sample Assessment Materials