Awarding Body:AQACourse Duration:1/2 Years
5 GCSEs at grade A* - C including English and Maths.
Business enables students to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of what business is and does.
Exciting new aspects of the reformed AS:
1. What is business?
2. Managers, leadership and decision making
3. Decision making to improve marketing performance
4. Decision making to improve financial performance
5. Decision making to improve operational performance
6. Decision making to improve human resource performance
A Level (as well as the above) will also include:-
7. Analysing the strategic position of a business
8. Choosing strategic direction
9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
10. Managing strategic change
Students develop their skills in class through working on past papers, group work, class discussion of stimulus material, individual work on case studies/data response and videos. Students are also encouraged to extend their learning through independent work.
AS Assessment: AS is a stand alone qualification and its 200 marks do not count towards the A Level. It is taken in the summer of the first year.
A Level Assessment: Is based on 3 papers taken in the summer term of the second year.
Students will need to purchase textbooks totalling approximately £20. Students will be asked to contribute by online payment £10 a year towards the work booklets the Department will provide. The College has Student Support Funds for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.
Business Studies is worth pursuing for its own sake, but it is a useful qualification for those hoping to go directly into employment or aiming to go on to higher education. Employers like students who have studied business as it makes them more immediately employable. Many students progress on to Business related degree courses. In addition, many degree subjects have a business studies module, so studying Business can be extremely useful whatever degree students might eventually follow. Business students develop skills and knowledge very relevant to the modern world.