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Business A level at Oaks Park High School

Course description

This course investigates the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations. You will learn about the key business areas: marketing, operations, finance and human resource management. The work is learnt with a special focus on decision making throughput the course. 
  • Year 12 focuses specifically on decision making to improve performance within different departmental areas of business. 
  • Year 13 focuses more on an investigation of the strategic decision that all businesses need to make to operate effectively in an ever competitive and changing world. 
With a focus on helping you to become a good decision maker, you'll learn essential managerial skills, alongside techniques to help you become an analytical problem solver. These skills are all highly sought after and valued in a wide range of careers. 
A Level Business encourages candidates to acquire a range of transferable skills: Data skills; presenting of arguments and making judgements; problem solving; conducting research and challenging their own assumptions using evidence. 
Business is an excellent subject to combine with many other subjects, particularly with Mathematics, Economics, English or Humanities subjects. 

Entry requirements

GCSE English grade C; GCSE Maths grade C.

Students do not need to have studied Business previously.

Students will need to have an enquiring mind and be willing to research work independently, both in the classroom and in homework. Personal study time of two hours after school will be essential every week in order to successfully complete homework, preliminary reading, listening to/watching podcasts, keeping up to date with business news and completing independent study activities.

Time management is a key skill in the business world and the importance of this is essential to this course. Therefore candidates must be focused, willing to work independently and able to keep to deadlines.

There is a strong focus on using financial data to make key decisions so a firm grasp of numeracy is essential. 


AS level
Paper 1 - Decision making; multiple choice questions, short answer questions and 2 data response questions. 50% of AS grade 
Paper 2 - Decision making; case study based questions. 50% of AS grade 
A level
Paper 1 - Strategy - analysis, direction, methods and change; 
multiple choice questions, short answer questions and two essays. 33.3% of A Level grade. 
Paper 2 - Strategy - analysis, direction, methods and change;
three data response questions. 33.3% of A Level grade. 
Paper 3 - Strategy - analysis, direction, methods and change; 
one case study with approximately 6 questions. 33.3% of A Level grade. 

Future opportunities

If you'd like to study business, finance or management at university, A level Business provides an excellent foundation. 
Students can enter the world of work in a number of business related career areas, including management, accounting, marketing, human resources and finance. Some management training courses are available to A Level students. 
Whatever you choose to do in the future, you'll find that the things you learn in this course will help. For example you will probably work with lots of different people, so knowledge of motivational theory will help you to work well with others and help them achieve their potential. You might have plans to start your own business. If that's the case you'll find the marketing and finance topics particularly useful. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaks Park High School directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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