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Business (A Level) at Wath Comprehensive School: A Language College

Course description

In short, you will study the factors that determine the success of a business.

The course adopts a problem-solving approach to the subject.  The emphasis is on encouraging you to develop your ability to recognise and define business problems, and to analyse and evaluate alternative solutions.  The subject content is broad and varied and you will therefore have a range of options open to you when looking at further or higher education.

Course content

In the first year the focus is on management, leadership and decision-making in four key business areas: marketing, finance, operations and human resources.

In the second year attention turns to strategic decision-making which brings these four areas together.  The processes of change and managing change will be studied in the context of large national or multinational organisations.

Entry requirements

None, although students without at least GCSE grade C Mathematics may find some aspects of the work difficult.

Assessment

The A Level is assessed through three examination papers, each 2 hours and worth 33.3% of the total A Level mark:

  • Paper 1 - multiple choice, short answer and two essay questions (with some choice of essays)
  • Paper 2 - three data response questions, each in three or four parts
  • Paper 3 - questions (approximately six) based on an unseen case study

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Accounting to prepare for higher education in areas of business studies, marketing, accounting, finance, human resources or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to business studies, marketing, finance and accounting, human resources and public relations. You could also look at doing a trainee management course within a company to gain the skills, understanding and experience that they require so you can work at management level.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff. To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 16 July 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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