BUSINESS

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YEAR 13 STUDENT

Through Business Studies, I have been able to gain a rich understanding of how organizations operate and the many skills required to work within one. You gain strong communication skills, analytical skills, problem solving skills and many others – these skills are transferable and are useful for other ventures in life as well as business.

WHY STUDY BUSINESS?

Business Studies A-level is a great choice for anyone interested in the world of commerce and entrepreneurship. It's a great way to prepare for university courses in the fields of business and management, and to equip yourself with the know-how to start up your own business or follow a career in finance, accounting, marketing or management post university.

Through Business Studies A-level, you'll engage with the world of business through the context of current business developments and real business situations. You'll learn how management, leadership and decision-making can improve performance in marketing, operational, financial and human resources. You'll also explore the interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect businesses, be they large or small, UK and internationally focussed in different sectors such as service or manufacturing.

COURSE CONTENT

In the first year, you will be introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4, which require you to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.

 

You will study the following themes:

Theme 1

  • Meeting customer needs

  • The market

  • Marketing mix and strategy

  • Managing people

  • Entrepreneurs and leaders

Theme 2

  • Raising finance

  • Financial planning

  • Managing finance

  • Resource management

  • External influences

Theme 3

  • Business objectives and strategy

  • Business growth

  • Decision-making techniques

  • Influences on business decisions

  • Assessing competitiveness

  • Managing change

Theme 4

  • Globalisation

  • Global markets and business expansion

  • Global marketing

  • Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

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ASSESSMENTS

Exam Papers

Paper 1: : Marketing, people and global businesses  

2hrs (35%)

Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy

2hrs (35%)

Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment

2hrs (30%)

HIGHER EDUCATION ROUTES

Business Administration / Accountancy and Finance / Human Resource / Management / Law / Marketing / Retail Management / Tourism Management / International Business

 

You could also apply for a business administration based apprenticeship.

POTENTIAL CAREERS

Business Management / Accountant / Advertising Executive / Banking / Sales / Product Management / Civil Service

EXAM BOARD: Pearson

COURSE CODE: 9BS0

COURSE TYPE: A Level