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Business Studies at Ringwood School Academy

Course description

Richard Branson, Michael Dell, Stelios Haji-Iaonnijou (Easy Jet), Bill Gates, Anita Roddick (Body Shop) – all successful entrepreneurs who started businesses to satisfy our wants and needs. If you are interested in how these people have achieved what they have, then consider taking Business Studies.

You will learn how to start up a business, and which qualities are important to succeed as an entrepreneur.

The course will also enhance your understanding of your rights and responsibilities as a consumer, employee and citizen, as well as giving you a basic insight into politics ,economics, finance and accounting. There is the opportunity, also, of being part of  various Enterprise programmes, in which you will set up and run your own company for profit.

Course content

AS Level
Students of this course should study business in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/small, U.K. focused/global, service/manufacturing and consider:

  • The importance of the context of business in relation to decision making
  • The interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness
  • The competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate
  • The influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues
  • The factors that might determine whether a decision is successful, e.g. the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty
  • How technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete
  • The impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions.
  • The use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making

A Level

Students of this course should study business in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/small, U.K. focused/global, service/manufacturing) and consider:

  • The importance of the context of business in relation to decision making
  • The interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness
  • The competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate
  • The influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues
  • The factors that might determine whether a decision is successful, e.g. the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty
  • How technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete
  • The impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions.
  • The use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making
  • The impact of technology on strategic decision making
  • The influences of Corporate Social Responsibility, ethical and environmental issues on strategic decisions
  • The difficulties in forecasting future trends
  • The importance of assessing feasibility and risk when making strategic decisions
  • The impact on stakeholders of strategic decisions and their response to such decisions

Entry requirements

  • 3Bs and 3Cs (or equivalent) at GCSE.
  • In addition, C grades in English and Maths.

Assessment

AS Level: Two papers, worth 50% each of the AS Level (1 hour 30 minutes each)
A Level: Three papers, worth 33% each (2 hours each)

Future opportunities

To study Business related courses at university including Business Studies, Economics, Marketing, Human Resources, Accounting and Finance.

The Exam Board consulted universities prior to the development of this new specification and the consensus was that the skills it developed, such as data handling, research skills and using tools to solve business problems, were just what universities wanted.

Further information

Students should extend their general knowledge of current affairs by taking an interest in news stories and watching TV programmes like ‘Dragon’s Den’ and ‘The Apprentice’.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ringwood School Academy directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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