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Business Studies AS/A2 Level (EDEXCEL) at The North Halifax Grammar School

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Business Studies AS and A2 Level Examining Board - Edexcel

Why Choose Business Studies? The Business Studies Department at the North Halifax Grammar School has a strong record of academic success. The subject is taught by specialist teachers with a good deal of expertise in the subject. In addition, we are well resourced with books and materials. What Does the Course Involve: The course aims to inform the student about the workings of all aspects of individual businesses and the influences which affect their working. The 4 themes are: Lower Sixth Theme 1 Marketing and People An introductory module investigating the basics needed to set up a business: entrepreneurs, market research, the economic climate, sources of finance and break even. Theme 2 Managing Business Activities A module covering the key aspects of running your own business: marketing, production, finance and managing people. Theme 3 Business Decisions and Strategy Examines a range of techniques to help managers make the right decisions. What is the best strategy for the company and why? Theme 4 Global Business Looks at why and where we should trade abroad, as well as the impact of globalisation and the rise of multinationals. We also look at the key players in the world economy (e.g. India and China). AS level Business Studies will be examined at the end of Year 12 with a paper on each of the first 2 themes. A level Business Studies will be examined at the end of Year 13 with 3 papers: Themes 1 & 4, Themes 2 & 3, Themes 1,2,3 & 4. Assessment will include supported choice questions, data response exercise and essays. What qualities do you need to be successful in the subject: You will need an analytical mind and the ability to apply your knowledge to given situations. A genuine interest in the world of business would be an advantage. You will also need to be competent in both English and Mathematics as the subject involves some statistical work and the writing of coursework. To what career opportunities can AS/A2 level Business Studies lead? Business Studies can be studied at university. More specialised courses are also available, such as International Business with a Modern Language, Retail Management, or Personnel Management, for those who have decided the exact career they wish to follow. In addition, Business Studies A level is recognised as a good general academic qualification, giving the student a sound grasp of many of the concepts relevant to today’s business world. Business Studies also provides a sound basis for careers in the following areas: banking, law, the civil service, accountancy, marketing, industry, retailing, insurance, personnel work, public relations and journalism. This list is by no means exhaustive. Business Studies AS/A level or Economics AS/A level? Students are not advised to study both Business Studies and Economics as universities do not always accept this combination, restricting student choice. There is some overlap between the two courses, but there are major differences. 1. Economics mainly investigates the financial aspects of individual firms (prices, costs, profit) as well as looking at wider economic issues (unemployment, inflation, the European Union). Business Studies mainly looks at individual businesses with less emphasis on the wider picture. 2. Economics is assessed through supported choice, data response and essay questions, whilst Business Studies is assessed through short and long answer questions based on case study material. What can you do to prepare for study in A level Business Studies? Basically students need to be paying an interest in the world around them. Try to observe how businesses behave in order to get us to part with our money – why does it work? Watch the news on TV and read a quality newspaper to get yourself up-to-date with the business world and the economy. How can you find out more? Any student interested in the course may obtain more detailed information from Mr P Jervis.

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Last updated date: 22 September 2015
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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