Business Studies

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is an exciting yet demanding course that enables students to explore real business situations and understand the role of the entrepreneur and business in society. You will have the opportunity to meet with and visit people from local business community and you will gain an insight into the main areas of business through case studies, role plays, discussions and visits.
COURSE CONTENT – AQA

AS Level
• What is business?
• Managers, leadership and decision making
• Decision making to improve marketing performance
• Decision making to improve operational performance
• Decision making to improve financial performance
• Decision making to improve human resource performance
AS Assessments:

Paper 1 : Business 1 + Paper 2 : Business 2
Assessment – all of the above
• written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
• 80 marks in total
• 50% of AS Assessment – all of the above
• written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
• 80 marks in total
• 50% of AS
A-Level
• Analysing the strategic position of a business (A-level only)
• Choosing strategic direction (A-level only)
• Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies (A-level only)
• Managing strategic change (A-level only)
A-level Assessments:

All AS and A-level content will be tested
Paper 1 : Business 1 + Paper 2 : Business 2 + Paper 3 : Business 3
• written exam: 2 hours
• 100 marks in total
• 33.3% of A-level • written exam: 2 hours
• 100 marks in total
• 33.3% of A-level • written exam: 2 hours
• 100 marks in total
• 33.3% of A-level
CAREER POSSIBILITIES
A GCE in Business Studies opens up many opportunities to study at degree level in Business, Management Studies, Accounting and Finance, Human Resources and Marketing. It also provides a good grounding for careers in banking, accounting, retail management and human resource management.
GCSE GRADE PROFILE
Students who study this subject will normally have achieve A* – C grades in a range of subjects. It is not necessary to have studied GCSE Business Studies. A grade B in Maths and English is preferable.