Interpreting your Business International GCSE pre-release materials -

Interpreting your Business International GCSE pre-release materials

Advanced Information

The main aim is to help you use your revision time effectively. In the case of Business, you will see that the advice consists of a list of topics which will be the “major focus” of questions in each exam paper and the quantitative skills/interpretation required on each paper.

To understand this fully, you will need to compare this list with the full list given in the Edexcel specification.

Almost all topics will figure on one or both papers. The three topics that will not appear on <i>either</i> paper are 1.4: Decisions on location, 1.6: Government objectives and policies, and 5.3: Factors of production.

With all the other topics, the list tells you which sub-topic is likely to be the focus of a question (and on which paper). For Topic 1.5 (Business and the international economy), for instance, you can see that on Paper 1, you may expect a question on exchange rate calculation, while on Paper 2, you will need to know about the importance and growth of multinationals. But you are unlikely to find a full question on the other sub-topic on the specification (globalisation).

Study the whole course

Please take the time to make a full comparison – it will make planning your study time between now and the summer much easier. If a topic is not on the list, it does not mean you can ignore it. Every topic on the specification may be relevant to the answer of some question or the focus of a question with a smaller number of marks. Our general advice is to complete all lessons but to keep this list of topics close to hand during the revision process and make sure you are particularly well prepared to answer questions on all the named sub-topics.

Key Takeaways

  • If a topic is not on the list, it does not mean you can ignore it
  • complete all lessons
  • Use the Prerelease to tailor your revision

Subject Updates

Pearson/Edexcel may issue updated information or additional guidance at any point.  Please check the subject page for Business regularly.

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R Papers

If you are taking your exams in the following countries

  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan,
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vietnam.

You will be studying for an R paper.

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R papers are papers which are sat by students in different timezones so that they don’t have to take their exams in the middle of the night!

There are different questions and topics in the Advanced Information for R papers.

If you are planning to take your exam in a foreign country, please check with your exam centre which paper you will be taking.  If you are taking an R paper, please discuss how this will affect your revision with your tutor.