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Business A Level at St Angela's Ursuline School

Course description

Business is an important subject in our day to day lives. We use it constantly from purchasing goods and services to assessing why we have purchased the products we have. In an environment that is changing consistently under the pressure of globalisation, with increased opportunities and challenges in almost everything we do, an understanding of business principles is important for all our young people. Students will learn how businesses balance profit with human values; understand small and big businesses; entrepreneurship; consider the relationship between businesses and the community. It is our aim to instil within the student a better perception of the world around them, the issues that influence why things are the way they are and how they are likely to change. Business Studies promotes active learning rather than passive understanding. Students will acquire important skills such as: data skills, presenting arguments, making judgements and justified recommendations, problem solving, decision making and conducting research. Further to the topics taught we aim to develop their skills of planning, communication, presentation, independence, team working, and analytical and evaluate and interpretation. Business skills are useful in whatever field students choose to pursue after leaving 6th Form.

Course content

For the AS level
1. What is business?
2. Managers, leadership and decision making
3. Decision making to improve marketing performance
4. Decision making to improve operational performance
5. Decision making to improve financial performance
6. Decision making to improve human resource performance

For the A-level All of the above plus the following
7. Analysing the strategic position of a business
8. Choosing strategic direction
9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
10. Managing strategic change

Entry requirements

There is no need to have studied Business Studies at GCSE level. Those who have done so have a slight advantage. We require 5 A*- C grades at GCSE level including Maths and English Language.

Assessment

A combination of assessment techniques will be used in lessons which include;
- Weekly key term and formula tests
- Data response test
- Short answer questions based on a mini case study

AS ASSESSMENTS

Paper 1: Marketing & People
Assessed by written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
80 marks in total | 50% of AS

Paper 2: Finance & Operations
Assessed by written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
80 marks in total | 50% of AS

A-LEVEL ASSESSMENTS

Paper 1: Marketing, People & Global Business
Assessed by written exam: 2 hour | 100 marks in total
33.3% of A-level weighting

Paper 2: Business Activities, Decisions & Strategies
Assessed by written exam: 2 hour | 100 marks in total
33.3% of A-level weighting

Paper 3: Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment
Assessed by written exam: 2 hour | 100 marks in total 33.3% of A-level weighting
Students are given a Pre Release topic to investigate in relation to this Paper. This is revealed at the start of Year 13 and questions in this exam will be based on the extracts included as well as their independent reading and learning.

Future opportunities

Business A Level can lead to a range of University courses including: Marketing, Management, Business, Law, Financial Management, Accounting, Human Resource Management, Sales and Promotion

Other combined courses include:
Business and Management, Language, Economic, Finance, Marketing, Accounting, Mathematics, IT, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Film Studies

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Angela's Ursuline School directly.

Last updated date: 15 March 2017
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