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Business and Management at Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Course description

Why study Business and Management?

Business plays a crucial role in our economy and society: in employment, taxation and public services, to name but a few sectors. It provides us with wealth and affects the quality of life of us all.

For the last two years the top mark in the country has been achieved by a pupil within the Department.

What are lessons like?

The syllabus is concerned with a problemsolving approach and helps students develop a critical understanding of businesses, the markets they serve and the process of added value. Much of the teaching is via the use of case studies of businesses. Students are required to analyse and evaluate questions arising from these case studies. It is essential, then, that prospective students of business have good skills in written English.

It is also essential that they are able to deal confidently with numerical data. The balance sheet should eventually become the window which reveals the business - not the blind used by accountants to keep managers in the dark! 

The exams are generally based on case studies which are presented to students for the first time in the exam room. Teaching methods will vary mainly between whole class teaching and some group work. Extensive use will be made of study and research opportunities on the internet.

But business is not just found on a web page or in a textbook. Business is how people throughout the world earn their living. A keen and lively interest in business affairs contributes greatly to success in the academic study of business.

Course content

Business and Management looks at the internal functions of a business, such as production, marketing, personnel and accounting. It also studies the external factors which influence a business, such as the law and the economy. In addition, issues concerned with responsibility to stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, consumers, the community and the environment are examined.

The principles of good organisational management and the role of managers in achieving the objectives of the business are studied.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for Year 12 (Lower Sixth) is at least seven Bs or better in the GCSE examinations, including a minimum of a B grade in any subject to be taken.  An A grade is required for A-level Mathematics.  All applicants need a minimum of a C grade in both English and Mathematics, regardless of the subjects they wish to take.  

Please note that at the end of the Lower Sixth, at least three grades at D or above are normally required to ensure progression into the Upper Sixth (Year 13).

Overseas applicants

We will accept an equivalent level of performance in your country‚Äôs exams and will require verification of results by your school. A report supporting your application from your current school will also be very important.  Please note that we can only accept overseas students who are UK passport holders.


The school follows the Cambridge Pre-U syllabus. The course is linear and involves two examinations and one research project, all completed in the second year of the course. Mr Wareing (Head of Department) is the Chief Examiner.

Future opportunities

The course will be of value to Sixth Formers considering a degree in business, management, or accounting and finance and those who are considering any career which would involve working in a business.

To this end, students intending to enter engineering and other science-based careers will find that Business & Management provides a good insight into the way their future organisations operate. Business combines well with other subjects and because there is little direct overlap, it is possible to take it with Economics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster Royal Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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