Business Studies encourages students to develop a critical understanding of organisations, the context in which they operate, the markets they serve and the process of adding value through a problem solving approach to study. Throughout the course students will develop core knowledge, understanding and the skills to think independently. Students will learn how to analyse issues within business, showing an understanding of the impact on individuals and organisations of external and internal influences. By looking at qualitative and quantitative information they then have to make an informed judgement and propose evidence based solutions to these business activities.
A keen interest in keeping up to date with current affairs and a willingness to watch the news and read around the subject is a must!
A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4 or above).
GCSE English at grade 6. Maths at Grade 5 and a desired G Score 5.5.
Studying Business studies can enhance the employability of students. Many have gone on to university to study business, further specialising in a particular area. Other students are studying business at degree level in conjunction with another subject, e.g. Fashion and Business or Law and Business.
Some students have gained apprenticeships at large organisations, for example Ernst and Young, where they work and study in an Accounts and Business environment.
Components of Course
4 main themes of study over 2 years:
Marketing and People
Managing Business Activities including Financial Analysis
Global Nature of Business
Business Decisions and Strategy
Your work will be assessed regularly throughout the course via directed study, class tests and major assessments at key times throughout the year.
3 exam papers (2 hours each) at the end of the second year.
Each exam contains questions on Year 1 & Year 2 work