GCSE 2009 FROM EDEXCEL A TESTED, SUCCESSFUL NEW BUSINESS GCSE by ProQuest

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GCSE 2009 FROM EDEXCEL –                                – that is, one requiring no continuous prose
                                                        answers.
A TESTED, SUCCESSFUL NEW
                                                        A reduction in terminology overload. The
BUSINESS GCSE                                           focus is on learning to use key concepts, not
In summer 2009 Edexcel’s enterprise-based GCSE          on memorising a dictionary.
Business Pilot completes three successful years.        Year 11 options, so that three GCSEs –
More than 15,000 students tackled the objective-        Business Studies, Economics and
test Unit 1 exam. The view of the teachers who          Communications – can be generated from the
taught on the pilot was remarkably enthusiastic.        same Year 10 core. Within centres offering
This year the Business Pilot is being carried           the Business Pilot, 25 per cent of candidates
through to become the Edexcel Business 2009             have taken up the economics option in Year
GCSE package.                                           11, a far higher proportion than is true of
                                                        GCSE Economics in general.
The Business Pilot has three distinctive features.
                                                      The enterprise-based Year 10 course
   A modular structure based on a common              (half a GCSE)
   (Year 10) core rooted in students’ favourite
   topic: business enterprise. This gives a Year 10   The most obvious success has been the Year 10
   exam opportunity based on an objective test        enterprise module. Teachers have been delighted

                                              Year 10 Core
                                             Starting a
								
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