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Business Studies A-level

You’ll have the opportunity to investigate different types of organisations in different business sectors, identify business problems, and make decisions.

We want you to develop an enthusiasm for studying business and gain a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s wants and needs. You’ll acquire a range of relevant skills, including decision making, problem solving, as well as challenging assumptions, quantifying and managing information.

What do I learn?
A Level Business will give you an insight into the dynamic world of business. It is not just a theoretical subject, it is about real life. The combination of academic challenge and practical focus that makes the prospect of studying A Level Business highly appealing.

You will learn about businesses and the way they operate in today’s society. You will investigate problems which real businesses are facing and use your initiative to develop possible solutions.
What do I gain?
You will develop the skills necessary for further academic study such as strong report writing and study skills including presentation skills.

You will also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you will have benefited from individual support, including advice about Higher Education and careers.
What do I need?
6 x C grades at GCSE including English and Maths.
What do I gain?
A Level Business is an excellent base for a university degree, especially degrees in business, management, human resources, accountancy, law, finance, philosophy, politics and economics, sociology and psychology. Careers with a business degree are diverse and have a high earnings potential.

A range of career possibilities including banking, insurance, advertising, distribution, sales, accounting, law, education, central or local government and business consultancy. Business skills, which touch upon every part of modern society, are in high demand worldwide and are often well paid.

Studying Business will support you in the development of your business ideas, becoming an entrepreneur, and working towards securing the benefits of running your own business.
What else do I need to know?
Formal assessment is through examinations.

For AS Business there will be two 1 ½ hour papers covering: The Local Business Environment (50% of the total AS level), and, The Wider Business Environment (50% of the total AS level). The content of AS Level Business includes: Business objectives and strategic decisions, External influences facing business, Marketing and marketing strategies, Operational strategy, Human resources, and Accounting and financial considerations.

The AS now constitutes 40% of the full A-level value for university applications.
Any achievement made at AS does not carry over to determine the full A Level result. However the subject material studied at AS Level forms approximately 50% of the total full A Level content.

To achieve the full A Level in Business three 2 hour papers each worth 33.33% of the total A-level have to be successfully taken at the end of the second year of study.

These second year papers will cover: Operating in the local business environment, The UK business environment and, The global business environment. The content of the full A Level will include all topic areas identified above for AS Level Business the content of which will be further extended and developed, with the addition of a topic known as The global business environment.

Each question paper will be based on the case studies of real businesses (one small/local, one medium/national and one large/international).

There will be a wide range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended writing. You will have the opportunity in these papers to demonstrate your quantitative, reflective and decision-making skills to solve business problems.
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