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Business Studies A Level at The Billericay School

Course description

The course allows you to investigate different types of organisations in various business sectors and environments. It enables you to identify business problems, plan appropriate investigations into such problems, and finally, make justifiable decisions using both qualitative and quantitative methods, taking into account opportunity cost.

Course content

First year unit: Business 1
This unit considers what a business is, how managers lead and make decisions, and types of decision making undertaken to improve marketing performance, operational performance, financial performance and the performance of staff.

First year unit : Business 2
This unit likewise covers the subject from the context of Business Unit 1, but students examine the issues through case study material.

Second year unit : Business 1
Like Unit 1 from the first year, this unit looks at what a business is, how managers lead and make decisions, and types of decision making undertaken to improve marketing performance, operational performance, financial performance and the performance of staff. However, for the full A level students are also required to analyse the strategic position of a business, how it chooses its strategic
direction and how it manages strategic change.

Second year unit: Business 2
This unit likewise covers business from the context of Business Unit 1, but students examine the issues through a series of compulsory data response questions.

Second year unit: Business 3
This unit is synoptic in nature and is based around a compulsory case study.

Entry requirements

B grade GCSE business or business and communication or grade 5 in both English and maths.

Assessment

This course is one of the new linear A levels. All examinations will take place at the end
of the course. The AS qualification is completely separate. Most students will sit the AS exam at the end of year 12.

Future opportunities

Students with ‘A’ level business studies have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You could start a career in business armed with an excellent knowledge of how businesses operate. Careers such as accounting, administration, customer service, finance, IT, personnel, law or sales are all possible progression routes. You may also progress on to university to study at degree level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Billericay School directly.

Last updated date: 26 January 2017
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