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Business Studies A Level at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Course description

A business is an organisation just like a sports club, a school or a charity. Objectives are set and followed and resources are used to meet these objectives. Business studies examines the way in which the aims and objectives of an organisation are best met.

Among the topics studied are tactical and strategic management, financial management, budgets and cash flow, operations management, marketing, human resources, and the economic environment.

The subject is developed through a case study approach; after learning the theory students are given a business situation which they must then analyse and evaluate in order to put into practice what they have learned. For example, a student starting the course, given the situation of a strike, almost invariably demands that the workers are immediately dismissed. However, as learning progresses the student will look at the causes of the strike; was the management poor or had a breakdown in communication occurred? The solution is usually found in a long-term plan for effective leadership and communication.

Course content

The course will be a linear A Level with three units sat in June of Year 13:

Year 12
1. What is Business?
2. Managers, Leadership and decision-making.
3. Decision-making to improve marketing, operational, financial, human resource performance.

Year 13
4. Analysing the strategic position of a business.
5. Choosing strategic direction.
6. How to pursue strategies.
7. Managing strategic change.

Each examination will last for 2 hours and each is worth a third of the total marks.

Entry requirements

A student wishing to study business studies should have at least a grade 5 in both GCSE mathematics and GCSE English. There is no pre-requisite to have studied business studies at GCSE.

Future opportunities

Business studies is an acceptable entry route for almost all university and other Higher Education institution courses and almost every course can be studied with a business-related module. Many European universities teach business and management courses in English.

It is also a useful introduction to the corporate workplace and provides a solid skill and knowledge foundation for future entrepreneurs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016

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