This course covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues and encourages a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. Students examine the management of organisations and in particular, the process of decision-making in a dynamic external environment.
COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT
The AS and A Level course both begin by examining the question “What is business?”. We consider business objectives and forms of business ownership. We then look at the role of managers, leadership styles, the importance of stakeholders and the decision making process. This emphasis on decision making continues as we examine the four main functions of Marketing, Operations, Finance and Human Resources. You will learn invaluable analytical techniques used in industry to ensure good cash-flow, profitability, realistic budgets, quality products, sound stock control, a motivated and efficient workforce and a suitable marketing mix grounded in accurate market research. The A level course progresses on to examine corporate objectives, business culture and changes in strategy in response to the external business environment. The focus here is on big business and senior management. The use of modern technologies such as Twitter and Skype are integral to how we deliver the course; we talk to real business people and help you to develop your communication and presentation skills. Throughout we make use of business news and topical issues to illustrate theories and concepts and you will develop the ability to evaluate the actions of many top UK and multinational firms.
There are two examinations for the AS qualification; Paper 1 includes multiple choice, short answer and date response questions and Paper 2 is on a compulsory case study. The A level is assessed through three examinations in total; Paper 1 includes multiple choice, short answer and two essay questions, Paper 2 has three longer data response questions and Paper 3 is on a compulsory case study.
A Level Business Studies is accepted by all universities and colleges for study at degree level either in business studies itself or a related field – for example, Accountancy, Human Resource Management, Marketing, European Studies, Law and Management.
Course-Specific Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 5 and ideally 6 and above in English and Maths. Students must have a real interest in business, the economy and related areas and be prepared to engage in discussion and debate.