Quiz: Could you pass AQA's tough "entrepreneurial" new business GCSE?

 
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After years of complaints from the nation's business owners, AQA has unveiled a new, more "entrepreneurial" business GCSE.

Today the exam board said it was "shifting the focus from stock-taking to risk-taking" by adding "enterprise" as a topic, allowing students to study the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and learn how to think commercially and creatively (although you could always just try an apprenticeship...).

The new course is designed to replace the current business studies GCSE - AQA said it will move away from looking at individual business functions in isolation, and instead adopt a "real business model where all departments have to co-exist and work collaboratively to succeed".

Could you pass the exam? Test your entrepreneurial knowledge below...

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The product life cycle shows sales of a product over time. What is stage 3 called?

Which of these statements describes Total Quality Management?

What are the features of a "star" in the Boston Matrix?

Which of the following would be a suitable business objective for someone starting up a small business?

Which of the following is an example of quantitative market research?

Which of these is a benefit of an effective recruitment and selection process?

Which type of production is used by a baker who specialises in personalised children’s birthday cakes?

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Sandra Allan, AQA's qualifications developer, called the new course "very aspirational".

“Business is in the news on a daily basis, such as the latest household name disappearing from the high street, so it’s important for students to understand the challenges businesses face – for example what leads to a business being taken over or closed.

“The course also covers ethical and environmental issues that students will be familiar with in their daily lives, and helps them understand the impact these have on businesses – including traffic congestion, recycling, waste disposal and noise and air pollution.

"It also looks at the modern phenomenon of digital communication, and how social media has revolutionised the way businesses interact with their customers.”

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