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Sir Graham Balfour School Business Studies A Level OCR (Block C) at The Stafford Partnership

Course description


The course is aimed to develop a critical understanding of organisation, markets, and the process of adding value with particular consideration given to the process of decision making. It will make students aware that business behaviour can be studied from the perspective of stakeholders e.g. consumer, manager, creditor, owner/shareholder and employee. The course will, for example, develop a knowledge and understanding of the way businesses are organised, structured, financed and operated, encourage a critical approach to business behaviour. Students will learn to appreciate the importance of working with others and contributing to team work and develop skills of research, presentation of data, analysis and evaluation.

AS Course:

Course Content

AN INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS—In this unit, a study is made of the Nature of Business. What do businesses do, what do they need and who are they accountable to? Businesses can be classified legally, by size, by ownership and in which sector they operate. Emphasis is put on the objectives of business, stakeholders within a business and external factors and influences on a business.

BUSINESS FUNCTIONS—Students will be able to recognise interrelationships between the four main behavioural functions of business: Marketing; Accounting and Finance; People in Organisation (Human Resource Management) and Operation Management (Production)

If you progress to A2 you will study

An optional unit from; Marketing, Accounting, People in Organisations or

Business Production; Strategic Management.

Additional Information:

Progression Routes:

Business Studies students can often relate their own experiences of work to their studies and have a broader understanding of the real world at local, national and international levels. The subject combines well with their other studies at AS and GCE Advanced Level and is a popular choice to study in Higher Education.

The subject matter also proves this to be relevant when students enter the world of work and financial decision making. Whatever your specialisation and whatever career you finally choose, a knowledge and understanding of the Business environment will be most desirable and valuable.

Entry requirements

A*-C in at least five different subjects, including English and mathematics which would usually be at grade 5 or above (equivalent to grade C in previous years).To study other subjects already taken at GCSE you must achieve at least a grade 5 or C grade or above in that subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Stafford Partnership directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 12CGbBS1