Business AS Level at Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy
You will learn about planning, financing and managing a small business. The course emphasis is on providing practical solutions to business problems rather than applying models or theories. It aims to encourage you to develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. It covers the internal workings and management of organisations in an ever-changing environment and looks at business behaviour from a range of stakeholder perspectives including customers, managers, shareholders/owners, suppliers and employees. You will use many real world examples throughout your learning.
You will learn through a wide range of methodologies including:
· use of case studies to illustrate key concepts
· visits to workplaces to see how businesses actually work
· visits from and talks by employers in industry and commerce
· homework/past examination questions/research
· independent learning/self-directed learning
Students do not need to have studied Business Studies previously. If they have, a grade ‘B’ in BS is required, if not then at least an average point score of 5.75 including grade ‘C’ in English and Mathematics is required.
Formative assessment during the course will occur informally in class, through your class work and homework and through topic tests.
Summative assessment will be by two written external exams taken in June:
Unit 1 is a 1 ¼ hour exam contributing 40 % of the AS Level marks.
Unit 2 is a 1 ½ hour exam contributing 60 % of the AS Level marks.
There is no coursework.
A grade ‘D’ or better will enable progression to the A2 Business Studies course. This ‘AS’-level provides opportunities to develop valuable knowledge-based skills and provides a route to move onto degree/professional courses in Accounting, Economics and Finance to name but a few. The skills and knowledge in this course will be of use in any workplace environment.
Students do not need to have studied Business Studies previously. If they have then a grade ‘B’ in BS is required, if not then an average point score of 5.75+ including grade ‘C’ in English (Higher Tier) and Mathematics is required.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy directly.