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Business AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

Wouldn’t you like to understand why businesses behave in the way they do? For example, wouldn’t you like to understand how the European Union affects businesses and why some business people want the UK to be a part of a single currency while others do not? Wouldn’t you like to know the ins and outs of digital marketing strategies and internet based businesses? Wouldn’t you like to know how businesses decide that they need to employ more people or that they need to lay people off? A level Business is all of these things and much more. It teaches you to be critical and analytical, giving you the necessary theory so that you can evaluate business decisions for yourself.

Course content

Year 1

Paper 1

1. What is business?;

2. Managers, leadership and decision making;

3. Marketing;

4. Operations;

5. Finance;

6. Human Resources.

Assessment Information

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes.

50% of AS Level with Multiple Choice, Short Answer & Data Response

Paper 2

1. What is business?;

2. Managers, leadership and decision making;

3. Marketing;

4. Operations;

5. Finance;

6. Human Resources.

Assessment Information Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes.

50% of AS Level with 1 Case Study with 7 questions

Year 2

Paper 1

Year 1 Paper 1 plus:

1. Strategic positioning;

2. Strategic direction;

3. Strategic methods;

4. Managing change

Assessment Information

Written exam: 2 hours. 33% of A Level with Multiple Choice , Short Answer & Essay Questions

Paper 2

Year 1 Paper 1 plus:

1. Strategic positioning;

2. Strategic direction;

3. Strategic methods;

4. Managing change

Assessment Information

Written exam: 2 hours. 33% of A Level with 3 Data Response Stimuli Questions, split into 3 or 4 parts

Paper 3

Year 1 Paper 1 plus:

1. Strategic positioning;

2. Strategic direction;

3. Strategic methods;

4. Managing change

Assessment Information 2 hour exam: 33% with 6 Case Study Questions

Entry requirements

A* - B in GCSE English Language and Mathematics

Assessment

AS Assessment

Unit 1  Examination    50%

Unit 2  Examination    50%

A2 Assessment:

Unit 1 Examination:   33%

Unit 2 Examination:   33%

Unit 3 Examination:   33%

Future opportunities

Accounting, Business, Business Management, Business Administration, Economics, Law, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, World of Work

Further information

Economics, English Language, English Literature, Geography, ICT, Law, Mathematics, Media, Politics, Psychology, Sociology and Travel & Tourism.

Student Views

“A glimpse into how businesses function in the real world and has been fascinating to study, I highly recommend it to anyone!” Hugh Angear

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathfield Community College directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year AS Level / 2 years A2 Level
  • Course code: AQA 7132
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
    • Email address:
    • hholmes@heathfieldcc.co.uk

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