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Business Studies at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy

Course description

At A2, This specification considers strategies for larger business 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. Business Studies A Level consists of two units covered at AS Level ( in the First year of study ) and further two A2 units studies during the second year. Unit 3: Strategies for Success * Financial Strategies and Accounts - financial information, measuring performance, financial decisions. * Marketing Strategies - analysing markets, devising marketing strategies. * Operations Strategies - location, R & D, improving operational efficiency * Human Resource Strategies - workforce planning, measuring performance, adapting organisational structure, employee relations. Unit 4: The Business Environment and Change * External Influences- the effects of changes in the economic, political, legal social and ethical; corporate culture; risk strategy; change management and responses of organisations. *Leadership, Corporate Culture, Ethics - leadership styles, role of leaders in responding to change, corporate culture. * Managing Change - planning for change, corporate strategies, managing change, decision making. Assessment A2 Unit 3: - Written Paper 1 hour 30 minutes The paper consists of 5 questions focusing on measuring business performance and assessing appropriate functional strategies to achieve success as well as an unseen case study with a range of numerical data. Unit 4: - Written Paper 1 hour 30 minutes A two part paper - Section A will contain questions based upon prior research. Section B will be a selection of three essay titles from which the candidate will select one. this will be a synoptic paper and draw on all the specifications

Entry requirements

A successful completion of AS Level Business Studies

Future opportunities

A Level Business provides a firm foundation for students both in terms of academic and career progression. At university, students may look to continue with a pure business course or mix it with marketing finance human resources, even law. Possible careers include working for a company in the field of: Marketing Finance Human Resources Buying Sales The skills and knowledge developed while on the course will be valuable to all students even if they are not looking to entertain a business related profession.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year