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Business Studies AS Level at North Lindsey College

Course description

This one year comprises of three compulsory units of study:
- Investigating Business
- People in Business
- Financial Planning and Monitoring

Course content

Unit 1 – Investigating Business
In this unit you will develop skills and knowledge in the following areas:
- The aims and objectives that profit and not for profit businesses try to achieve
- Explore how the external environment, such as changing social values and competition affect the ability of businesses to achieve their aims and objectives
- How businesses use market research and the marketing mix to identify customer needs, explaining how marketing activities help businesses to achieve their aims and objectives
- Explore the meaning of enterprise and enterprising behaviour and investigate why individuals and teams are vital to the success of business

Unit 2 – People in Business
In this unit you will develop skills and knowledge in the following areas:
- The roles and responsibilities of people in business and the qualities an employer looks for in employees
- Investigate training and development opportunities available to individuals and why motivation is vital in retaining employees
- Plan and participate in recruitment and selection activities

Unit 3 – Financial Planning and Monitoring
In this unit you will develop skills and knowledge in the following areas:
- Different business ownerships and sources of finance available
- How and why businesses draw up business plans
- Calculate business costs, revenue and profit
- Investigate how managers use financial data to inform decision making
- How business managers plan their finances through cash flow forecasting and budgets and how the data is used to manage the performance of the business
- Construct and interpret cash flow forecasts and investigate the techniques that can be used to improve the management of cash flow in a business

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A* to C, including Maths and English

Assessment

You will be assessed through a portfolio of evidence for units 1 and 2, and an external exam for unit 3.

Future opportunities

Ryan Pick, achieved an A in Business Studies and also completed a Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing. He believes the two will stand him in good stead to set up his own construction business. ‘’I want to draw all the trades together and build a business, and I think the A Level has equipped to do that. I never thought I'd do so well at Business Studies, but I've really enjoyed it and the tutors have been brilliant, so I'm really looking forward to next year"

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Lindsey College directly.

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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