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General Applied Business at Hillview School for Girls

Course description

Students will study the concepts and techniques that are used in managing and running a business. This course is designed for students who excel at coursework and enjoy applying theory to real-life situations.

Course content

Over the duration of the two years assessment is based on the following:

• Three coursework units marked internally

• One external assessment marked by AQA

• Two examinations – to be taken each January.

With the option of a June re-take for those students wishing to improve their grade. In Year 12, the coursework involves studying how an organisation such as Merlin Entertainment, owner of Thorpe Park, is run. The externally assessed unit looks at how entrepreneurs identify and develop business opportunities. The examined topic is ‘Financial Planning and Analysis’ which involves exploring the financial issues that enterprises need to consider in order to be successful. In Year 13, the examined topic is ‘Managing and Leading People’ looking at how managers motivate and lead employees using different styles of leadership. Students will develop a business proposal and prepare a marketing campaign for a small business.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements to study three Level 3 qualifications for Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 4 in both English and Maths together with 3 other GCSE grades at Grade 4 or above (A*-C).

GCSE Business Studies,  Business V-Cert or Business BTEC 1st Certficiate are preferred but not necessary.

Future opportunities

There are many university courses available such as Business Management courses or joint honours courses where Business, or an aspect of Business such as Marketing, is matched with another subject.

General Applied Business develops a practical understanding of the way businesses operate and will therefore prepare students for a wide range of business related career paths.

Further information

Links with outher courses

Psychology and Sociology. 


Business is also a useful qualification for any student aspringing to reach management level in the public or private sector or run their own business.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 October 2017
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