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Business Studies at South Wilts Grammar School for Girls

Course description

This A Level course allows an integrated and interactive approach to Business at Post 16. The course will:

  • Enable candidates to focus on the dynamic nature of the contemporary business world
  • Provide opportunities for research into topical business issues
  • Offer opportunities for the development and application of a full range of academic skills

The specification introduces candidates to the challenges and issues of starting a business, including financial planning. It then explores the key internal functions of business and how the management of these functions can assist in improving the effectiveness and performance of a business, strategies for larger businesses and how these strategies may change according to circumstances. Finally, it considers the effects that external factors can have on businesses and how a business can plan for and manage change, including leadership style and change in business culture.

Course content

How will you learn?
Students will be required to investigate, analyse and evaluate business behaviour and activity. They will consider the influence of economic factors on business making. A lot of learning is carried out through structured case studies. A variety of techniques is used - supported self-study, group activities, group research and presentations, videos, visiting speakers, research in the local business environment and visits to businesses. The integration of Information Technology and Business Studies with the focus on application is a major benefit of the course. IT skills and capability will be assessed within the course. 

Entry requirements

The best qualifications are interest and enthusiasm. Students may take up this option without having studied Business Studies at GCSE level. You must have the ability to express your ideas clearly and concisely and will need to have gained at least a B grade in English Language. Numeracy skills are also required for learning about finance, so a grade B in Maths would also be needed.

Assessment

Examination Board: AQA

What exams and coursework are involved?

  • Unit 1: Multiple Choice, Short Answer and Essay questions - Exam 2 hours 
  • Unit 2: Data Response questions - Exam 2 hours
  • Unit 3: A Case Study followed by 6 questions - Exam 2 hours 

Future opportunities

There is a wealth of degree courses in Business related studies at Universities and Colleges and Business Studies combines well with other subjects. It provides an introduction to the professions or can take you directly into employment. Any career you decide to finally move into will involve you working in an environment which makes use of skills acquired through this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wilts Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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