Business Studies encourages you 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 A Level course you 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 at grade 4 and above, including Maths and English at grade 5, with at least two at grade 6.
Business Studies can enhance your employability. 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 do apprenticeships at large organisations, for example KPMG, 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