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Business Studies AS and A Level at Woodcote High School

Course description

Business Studies is a subject of great relevance in a period of rapid change. Business Studies emphasises the diverse nature of business enterprise, the ever changing character of business and the interdependence of the various parts of the business world. It is considered with themes such as innovation and change, social and environmental responsibilities, take-overs, mergers and ethical considerations.

Course content

Year 1 - This year focuses on businesses in variety of contexts (e.g. large/small, UK focused/global, service/ manufacturing): -

- The importance of the context of business in relation to decision making
- The interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness
- The competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate
- The influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues
- The factors that might determine whether a decision is successful, e.g. the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty
- How technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete
- The impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions
- Use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making

The transferable skills underpinning Year 1 include; carrying out calculations, interpreting and analysing data, applying knowledge to unfamiliar situations, developing arguments and making judgements and decisions.

Year 2 - This year the study of strategic decision making should build on the study of decision making in the functional areas: -

- The impact of technology on strategic decision making
- The influences of Corporate Social Responsibility, ethical and environmental issues on strategic decisions
- The difficulties in forecasting future trends
- The importance of assessing feasibility and risk when making strategic decisions
- The impact on stakeholders of strategic decisions and their response to such decisions

The transferable skills underpinning Year 2 include; carrying out calculations, interpreting data, making and presenting arguments, making and justifying business decisions, identifying problems and proposing solutions, recognising that a problem exists, conducting research and challenging assumptions.

Future opportunities

University courses in a variety of subjects can be taken. Those who wish to take Business Studies at degree level will find that all universities offer courses. Professional and Vocational courses are also offered at most Universities.

Related subjects include; Economics, Law, Business Management, Accountancy and Finance, Administration, Management, Public Administration including Advertising, Financial Services, Marketing and Personnel.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodcote High School directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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