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Business Studies Exam Technique Coaching & Revision Workshops in 2014

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The dates and locations for our popular programme of exam technique coaching & revision workshops to prepare AQA GCE Business Studies & AQA?Edexcel GCSE Business students for exams in May & June 2014. The details are listed below together with important information about changes in way that bookings are processed.

Please note that for summer 2014 we are taking confirmed bookings only. Places are allocated on a strictly first-confirmed basis. Once each screen capacity is filled, the event is full and no further bookings can be accepted. Our overall capacity is lower than in previous years and we fully expect each workshop to be fully booked before the Christmas break - so please contact us early to ensure that your students can attend!

A printable booking form can now be downloaded for:

GCSE Business Studies (AQA & Edexcel) - Workshops in May 2014

AQA BUSS1 and BUSS3 Workshops in January 2014

AQA BUSS2 and BUSS4 Workshops in March, April & May 2014

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Revision Quiz - Product Trial and Repeat Purchase

Sunday, April 14, 2013

This revision quiz tests knowledge of the role of product trial and gaining repeat purchase.  The questions are particularly suitable for GCSE or other Level 2 students.

Launch Revision Quiz on Product Trial and Repeat Purchase

Revision Quiz - Boston Matrix

Try this revision quiz with 10 questions covering the basics of the Boston Matrix model. The questions are particularly suitable for GCSE or other Level 2 students.

Launch Revision Quiz on the Boston Matrix

Revision Quiz - Branding & Differentiation

A new revision quiz here with 10 multiple-choice questions on branding and product differentiation, with the questions particularly suitable for GCSE or other Level 2 students.

Launch Revision Quiz on Branding and Product Differentiation

Revision Quiz - Product Life Cycle

This revision quiz has 10 multiple-choice questions on the product life cycle, with the questions particularly suitable for GCSE or other Level 2 students.

Launch Revision Quiz on the Product Life Cycle

GCSE & IGCSE Business Studies Revision Notes - Master Listing

Monday, April 01, 2013

We've been busy extending and updating our collection of online study notes designed to support core topics for GCSE & IGCSE Business Studies. We've still got some more to add and we'll update this blog entry with the latest study notes as soon as they are available. Please bookmark this blog entry and share the link with your colleagues and students.

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GCSE Business Revision Workshops (March & April 2013) - Session Content

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The student booklets for our GCSE Business Revision Workshops for AQA (Unit 2) and Edexcel (Unit 3) are now complete and at the printers! Once again, we've put all new materials together to support the five intensive revision sessions in each workshop.

Details of the programme are provided below.

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GCSE Business Studies Revision Workshops - Spring 2013

Friday, January 04, 2013

Coming to a modern multiplex cinema in March & April 2013! Exam Coaching workshops to help AQA & Edexcel GCSE Business Students improve their exam performance this summer!

We were delighted with the response to our pilot GCSE Business Studies revision workshops in 2012 which we held at the amazing Westfield Stratford City - right next door to the Olympic Park! So we’ve decided to roll out the GCSE Business format to a series of dates the Spring 2013 term.  We’re running three events before Easter 2013 and an overflow event after Easter.  The dates and venues for these revision days are shown below:

There are separate revision workshops for each of AQA Unit 2 (Growing as a Business) and Edexcel Unit 3 (Building a Business). Each workshop runs between 10.30 a.m. and 3.10 p.m. and is comprised of five intensive exam coaching sessions which aim to develop student's exam technique for these two crucial exams.

Each student is provided with a comprehensive workshop booklet which contains a series of exam-style case studies and questions together with exam technique exercises that are completed during the sessions. 

We run each workshop in a modern, super-comfortable cinema screen - which the students just love. The environment is perfect for a fast-paced, intensive and exam-focused day which is proven to help students improve their exam performance.

Colleagues can make provisional bookings for these revision workshops using the following online form:

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Making Finance Fun 2012 - CPD Course

Sunday, July 15, 2012

This popular CPD course from the tutor2u team looks at how we can make the teaching and learning of finance fun! There are still a few places left on the next available course - which is in London on Monday 24 September 2012.

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GCSE Year 11 Business Studies Online Revision Clinic - 27 May 2012

Thursday, May 03, 2012

We are holding an online revision clinic for students taking their final GCSE Business Studies exam (30 May). The clinic will run from 8pm at this blog address. We’ll have teacher panellists ready to answer questions for AQA (Unit 2) and Edexcel (Unit 3) as well as provide support for OCR and other GCSE boards as appropriate.  Students who wish to participate in the session will need to login when the session is live using their FB, Twitter or OPEN ID details.

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Lesson Activity: The Human Organisation Chart

Friday, February 24, 2012

Listening to the weather forecast this morning on my way to work, I started to develop an idea to take advantage of the warmest day of the year so far and get my Year 11s outside. By the time I got to school it was a fully formed activity which proved really useful in introducing the concept of tall and flat organisational structures.

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Spotting a Business Opportunity - Eastenders and Coronation Street

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Whilst watching Eastenders last night, this belting activity just popped into my head. I think its perfect for the first unit of most GCSE courses but could also be used for BUSS1. A while away I know but I thought I would blog it before I forget.

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AQA & Edexcel GCSE Business Controlled Assessment 2012 - CPD Support Course

Friday, January 13, 2012

A date for your diaries in April 2012 if you teach AQA or Edexcel GCSE Business Studies.  We are running CPD days in Manchester (19 April 2012) and London (20 April 2012) to support teachers preparing and supervising their GCSE Business students as they tackle the 2012 controlled assessment tasks. A separate course is being run for both the 2012 AQA and Edexcel controlled assessments.  Each course will run from 10.30 a.m. until 2.30 p.m. including lunch.

Places on the courses will be limited, so please make a provisional booking as soon as possible.  Places can be booked online here:

GCSE Business Controlled Assessment - 2012 Survey

Thursday, January 05, 2012

We are gathering the opinions of colleagues and departments who offer GCSE Business Studies about the Controlled Assessment.  If you teach GCSE Business Studies, please take 5-10 minutes to provide us with your views using the following survey form:

Q&A Rapid Revision Guides for Business & Economics

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Our series of Rapid Revision Q&A Guides is now extended to 14 units covering a range of Business Studies and Economics specifications.  Details below of the current range and how to order:

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Revision Quiz - Market Research for a Business Startup

Thursday, October 13, 2011

This new revision quiz looks at how a startup can undertake market research.  There are over 20 questions in the quiz bank for this topic and each time you run the quiz 10 questions are selected at random.

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Problem for Pupil - PEST Solution

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Entrepreneurs are risk takers, they spot gaps in a market where customers’ needs are left unfulfilled. They have to balance cash flow management against overstocking, anticipate the likely responses of intelligent rivals and the capricious behaviour of external regulators or governments.

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Lesson Worksheet - Stakeholders in a Business

Friday, October 07, 2011

This lesson worksheet addresses the key topic of stakeholders in a business.  Who are the internal and external stakeholders?  What is the difference between shareholders and stakeholders?  To what extent might stakeholders have different and conflicting objectives?

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GCSE Edexcel Business Studies Unit 3 Section 6 Marketing Quiz

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Many thanks to Ian Pryer for providing these revision questions for . The questions can be played in a variety of game formats - three are provided here…

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Entrepreneurs and Calculated Risks

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Over the summer I have been re-reading the new Smarta Business book which is packed full of practical, real-life advice on starting a business from 100 top entrepreneurs. 

I came across a whole section on a topic which we were discussing with students at our revision workshops recently - the need for entrepreneurs to take “calculated risks”.  The term calculated risk actually appears in the excellent Edexcel GCSE Business (Unit 1), but students don’t all find it easy to understand what it means.

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Revision game - Edexcel GCSE Business Unit 1 Section 1

Friday, July 29, 2011

Many thanks to Ian Pryer for providing these fun revision questions which cover section 1 of Edexcel GCSE Business Unit 1…

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20-20 Revision for GCSE Edexcel Year 10

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

When I attended The Best Business Lesson Ever (TBBLE) last September, one of my favourite resources of the many I came away with was Michelle Stephenson’s 20 20 Cricket based quiz.

Here is a version I have put together for Year 10 students approaching their Edexcel Unit 1 Introduction to Small Business exam in May.  You will need to create a folder (which you can name as you wish) to which you can save the files.  However, you must not change the names of the individual files at all or the links in the powerpoint will not work.

Download the Edexcel Unit 1 2020 cricket game here:

More 20-20 Revision - GCSE Edexcel Unit 3/Year11

I previously shared a version of Michelle Stephenson’s excellent 20-20 cricket game, relevant to Unit 1 GCSE Edexcel Business Studies.

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Is the role of inflation over inflated?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Credit here to Ben Phipps and Sam Udeshi at Chauncy School, Ware, for highlighting this great graphic and short article about how the actual prices of a range of goods and services compare with what their price should be when adjusted in line with the RPI since 1981. It shows how some products are cheaper than inflation trends suggest they should be, whereas leisure based items are noticeably higher.  Can students explain possible reasons for this?

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Revision games - Marketing Basics (True / False)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Try these true/false revision games which provide 20 questions on the basics of the marketing mix each time you play…

Commodity prices in action - soaring Copper

Sunday, February 06, 2011

The Edexcel GCSE business unit 1 specification makes clever use of commodities as a way of introducing students to the core concept of how prices are determined by fluctuations in demand and supply.  This article in the Telegraph provides a topical example of how the price mechanism is operating to push the global price of copper skywards…

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Insights from an Entrepreneur - Kirsty Henshaw (Worthenshaws)

Saturday, January 08, 2011

This fantastic Smarta interview features Kirsty Henshaw, one of the entrepreneurial stars of 2010, who wowed the Dragons with her frozen desert Worthenshaws Freedom. Kirsty is joining us at the Business Teacher National Conference 2011 on Thursday 30 June and it will be lovely to hear how her business has developed since this interview.  Kirsty’s story is perfect as a case study for all business spec units covering the essentials of enterprise and entrepreneurship.

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Introducing the “austerity” entrepreneurs

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

It is often said that enterprise thrives in adversity.  Many successful and exciting businesses are born in a downturn.  This feature article in the Independent provides some terrific examples of how the entrepreneurial flame burns bright amongst people who have been let down by the traditional employment market,

The underlying theme of each of the entrepreneurial stories told in the article is that of grasping opportunities.  That involves hard graft, persistence and an unwillingness to admit defeat.  Students should read these stories and learn.  Hopefully they will also be inspired!

Lesson activity - business organisation basics (matching)

Saturday, January 01, 2011

This series of matching activities which can be used to consolidate knowledge of key terms relating to business organisation.  The activities have different numbers of terms to match, ranging from 10 terms to 25.  The worksheet with 10 terms is a little easier, as well as shorter, than the 25-term challenge…

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Lesson activity - people basics (matching)

This series of matching activities uses a list of core people management terms. Select activities which range from just ten terms (quite easy) to 25 terms (more time required & a little harder!)

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Lesson activity - operations basics (matching)

We’ve picked out 20 popular production & operations terms from the main GCSE exam specifications for these matching activities.  The activities have different numbers of terms to match, ranging from 10 terms to 20.  The worksheet with 10 terms is a little easier, as well as shorter, than the 20-term challenge…

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Lesson activity - marketing basics (matching)

This series of matching activities which can be used to consolidate knowledge of core marketing terms.  The activities have different numbers of terms to match, ranging from 10 terms to 25.  The worksheet with 10 terms is a little easier, as well as shorter, than the 25-term challenge…

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Lesson activity - basic finance (matching)

Here is a series of three matching activities which can be used to consolidate knowledge of key terms in business finance.  The three activities have different numbers of terms to match, ranging from 10 terms to 25.  The worksheet with 10 terms is a little easier, as well as shorter, than the 25-term challenge…

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Can this start-up win with pay-as-you train gym membership?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

At our recent AQA BUSS1 revision workshops we had a session looking at the viability of the business concept behind The Gym - a growing chain of low-cost, no frills fitness clubs.  According to this article on BBC Scotland it looks like the health club market is set for further challenges from new entrants. 

one of the new entrants to the market is payasUgym.  The payasUgym programme is due to launch at the start of 2011 and will let customers visit a network of clubs without having to pay membership fees.  Gym-goers will “load” cash onto an online account which can then be used at various fitness centres.  The easyJet entrepreneur Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is also said to planning to launch a budget fitness club in 2011 with monthly-only contracts costing as little as £15-a-month.

The payasUgym concept is an interesting one in that it utilises the existing capacity of the UK health club sector.  The business is avoiding the need to raise the significant capital required to build health clubs.  It is simply acting as a marketing channel for existing clubs.  How sustainable is that business model?  if a customer finds and uses a local gym that he/she really likes, what is to stop that gym from trying to recruit the member away from the payasUgym organisation?  Students ought to be be able to identify other potential upsides and issues with this business model.  A good one to analyse!

New insights into the UK franchising sector in 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I last looked at the size and structure of the UK franchising sector back in 2008 when several exam boards added franchising to their new business specifications.  In subsequent exam papers it is clear that the examiners like franchising too - not surprising given how relevant franchising is to key topics such as generating a business idea, financing a startup, choosing a growth strategy, branding etc.

I have revisited my sources this week and picked up the latest statistics on UK franchising which I have summarised below.

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Video case study - enterprise at the sharp end

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Market trading.  You’ve seen it on various tasks on The Apprentice.  And the value of sales at the UK’s 1,000+ outdoor markets is estimated at over £3.6bn.  So perhaps it is not surprise that increasing numbers of people are looking to make their first step into enterprise by setting up a stall in a local market.  The problem is that running a viable market stall is no easy task.  The typical customer at a local market is feeling the pinch and you also need to develop some sharp entrepreneurial skills to make the stall a success.

This excellent three minute video from Jenny Hill of BBC Breakfast takes us behind the scenes at a market in the Midlands to meet some of the experienced traders.  Can a new training scheme help budding entrepreneurs make their fledgling businesses a success?

Starter Activity - i-Teach

Monday, November 01, 2010

Research shows that we retain around 90% of what we actually teach. Indeed,  Confucius said, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” Based on this concept is an extremely simple and engaging teaching strategy that works brilliantly as a lesson starter…

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Insights from an Entrepreneur - Fraser Doherty (SuperJam)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A terrific interview with Fraser Doherty here.  Fraser has become well known not just for his superb Superjam product, but also for his community activities (the tea parties being one example) and his enthusiasm for meeting teachers and students as a guest visitor to schools.  The video is well worth showing as part of AQA (GCSE Unit 1 & BUSS1) and Edexcel (GCSE Unit 1).

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Lesson Worksheet - Aims & Objectives of Business

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

This lesson worksheet allows students to test themselves on the basics of the aims and objectives of businesses.

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Business structure in the UK - the rise of micro companies

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Here’s a term that ought to find itself into the next editions of the traditional business studies textbooks - micro-companies.  Of course, it won’t (maybe in 2020) but it should.  Because in the last five years there has been an increase of over 250,000 in their number in Britain.

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Why we should encourage our students to start a business at university

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

The Year 13s of summer 2010 are long gone (well - most of them).  So what were your final words to them as they picked up their A Level results or said farewell at the Sixth Form prom?  Perhaps it should have been “enjoy Uni, and make sure you start that business there…”

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Lesson Worksheet - Franchises

Monday, August 09, 2010

Here is a lesson worksheet that enables you to test student’s understanding of the basics of franchises as a form of business organisation.

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Lesson Worksheet - Enterprise & Entrepreneurs

This new lesson worksheet allows students to test their understanding of the role of the entrepreneur.

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Income inequality around the world

Monday, July 26, 2010

Students taking Edexcel GCSE Unit 3 need to briefly consider the implications of differing incomes and pay levels around the world (3.5 Economic issues affecting trade).  The superb Gapminder World website is a terrific resource to enable students to conduct some interactive research into income inequality and pay levels.  Highly recommended.  Here is a link to a relevant example of the many fantastic data visualisations that students can produce on the website:

Income inequality: USA v China v Income Gapminder

Edexcel GCSE Business Unit 1 Rapid Revision Guide Q&A

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Our rapid revision Q&A guide for Edexcel GCSE Business Unit 1 is now available.  Many thanks to Richard Young for writing this really useful resource which provides students with a comprehensive series of guided revision questions that covers the enter Unit 1 specification.

Download a sample of Edexcel GCSE Business Unit 1 Q&A

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Make the Most of ICT in the Business & Economics Classroom 2011

Monday, July 19, 2010

Here’s a great opportunity to discover some innovative and inspiring ways to enhance teaching and learning using ICT in the Business Studies classroom…

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Entrepreneurs LIVE! 2010 - THE Enterprise Event for Students in 2010

Thursday, July 01, 2010

I’m delighted to announce the initial details of our student enrichment event for Autumn 2010 - Entrepreneurs LIVE! 2010.

The event is being held at two of our favourite venues:
London Westfield (Vue Cinema) - Monday 15 November 2010
Salford Lowry Mall (Vue Cinema) - Ruesday 16 November 2010

Entrepreneurs LIVE! 2010 will be a fantastic student enrichment day for students taking part in Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010.  It will also be invaluable for ALL BUSINESS STUDENTS who need to develop their underdstanding of how successful businesses are started and grown. The programme will provide your students with the insights, ideas and inspirations from some of the UK’s top entrepreneurs…and also give them the chance to compete for spot prizes by taking our business challenge quizzes and pitching business ideas to the audience.

I’m delighted that two of our speakers (for both London and Manchester) have already been confirmed….

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New BBC Resource: Start Up Stories

Friday, June 25, 2010

This looks really promising.  On 28 June 2010, the BBC website is launching a new video resource named Start Up Stories - interviews with ten successful entrepreneurs describing their experiences of setting up in business.  Includes several US-based and online businesses too - which makes a welcome alternative. 

Here is the introductory video

25 Ways to Get The Startup Right

Thursday, April 22, 2010

An interesting list of recommendations (modestly titled “commandments”) here in a new piece on  It is a good list, and there is plenty in there that is useful in the follow-up explanations for students building their understanding of what makes a successful start-up. 

I like the focus on getting to market quickly rather than trying to perfect a business idea, and also the need to maximise cash and minimise costs in the early days.Those are good business disciplines that serve a start-up well and last for as long as the business wants to be successful.

I also agree strongly with the recommendation to reinvest profits made. Starting and growing a new business is rarely about paying dividends.  Retained profit is the lifeblood of a start-up and is the most effective way of maintaining control.

Wipeout Challenge - Total Quality Management

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Many thanks to Lord Sutch for sending over this version of Wipeout Challenge, which his Lordship ran successfully with his GCSE Business students recently.  it would work just as well with AS students covering quality control / assurance.  The file download is below.  it is a PowerPoint show (pps) format.

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