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Business Studies at Old Swinford Hospital

Course description

The new specification is linear which means exams will be taken at the end of the course. 

AS Business – 7131:

The AS examination is a standalone qualification.

The AS qualification will be co-taught with the first year of the A Level qualification.

The course:

Students will be studying a variety business in a variety of contexts, for example both large and small business, UK and global as well as business providing services and manufacturing.  

The main areas covered are:

The nature & purpose of business

Business forms

The external environment

Management, leadership & decision making

Role and importance of stakeholders

Decision making to improve marketing, operational, human resource and financial performance.

Assessment for AS Business:

The assessment allows for a range of styles to be used including multiple choice, short answer, data response, essay and case studies.  Where possible real life case studies will be used allowing students to relate to and apply their knowledge and skills to the context of the examinations.

AS Business Paper 1:

Written Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Section A: Ten multiple choice questions (10 marks)

Section B: Short answer questions (20 marks) in two compulsory sections.

Section C: Two 2-part data response compulsory questions (25 marks each).

(80 marks 50% weighting of AS)

AS Business Paper 2:

Written Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Seven compulsory questions based on one case study.

(80 marks 50% weighting of AS). 

Overall aims of the course:

  • To develop an enthusiasm for the subject.
  • Develop a holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts.
  • Develop a critical understanding of organisation and how they are able to meet society’s needs and wants.
  • Be able to generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues
  • Understand  the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals

A Level Business – 7132:

The A Level qualification is separate from the AS standalone qualification but the first year (of A Level) will be co-taught with the AS qualification.

The course:

Students will be studying a variety business in a variety of contexts, for example both large and small business, UK and global as well as business providing services and manufacturing.   The study of strategic decision making will build on the decision making studied in the functional areas. 

The main areas covered are:

The nature & purpose of business

Business forms

The external environment

Management, leadership & decision making

Role and importance of stakeholders

Decision making to improve marketing, operational, human resource and financial performance.

Analysing the strategic position of a business

Choosing strategic direction

Strategic methods

Managing strategic change

Assessment for A Level Business:

The assessment allows for a range of styles to be used including multiple choice, short answer, data response, essay and case studies.  Where possible real life case studies will be used allowing students to relate to and apply their knowledge and skills to the context of the examinations.

A Level Business Paper 1:

Written Exam: 2 hours

Section A: Fifteen multiple choice questions (15 marks)

Section B: Short answer questions (35 marks).

Section C: Two essay questions (a) choice of one from two (b) choice of one from two (25 marks each).

(100 marks 33.3% weighting of A Level)

A Level Business Paper 2:

Written Exam: 2 hours

Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

(100 marks 33.3% weighting of A Level). 

A Level Business Paper 3:

Written Exam: 2 hours

One compulsory case study followed with approximately six questions.

(100 marks 33.3% weighting of A Level). 

Overall aims of the course:

  • To develop an enthusiasm for the subject.
  • Develop a holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts.
  • Develop a critical understanding of organisation and how they are able to meet society’s needs and wants.
  • Be able to generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues
  • Understand  the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals

Skills you will learn:

  • Relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem solving
  • Develop the ability to challenge assumptions and critically analyse different business issues
  • Be able to apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts.
  • Ability to research and present information both verbally and in a variety of written formats.
  • Presentation skills as part of a team and individually.
  • Communication skills in a variety of forms.

Opportunities:

The knowledge and transferable skills you will learn in Business will enable you to think critically about issues, forming decisions based on thorough evaluation.  These skills will take you forward into further study and employment. You will have the opportunity to visit organisations during your course of study and will be able to discuss issues related to business both inside and outside of the classroom.

Why study Business?

Business touches every aspect of our daily lives, from the clothes we wear to the cars we drive or the food we eat.  Business is ever changing - technology, government, competition, consumer tastes are just a few of the factors that influence how firms operate.  Business is at the heart of our economy; it encourages innovation, creates wealth and develops international trade. This course allows you to investigate all aspects of how business operates in a competitive environment.  Why does one company takeover another?  Which companies invest most in R & D?  Which companies are the most innovative and which companies are most profitable?  Real life businesses situations are an integral part of the course so an interest in recent business developments and current affairs is essential to enable participation in class discussion.  As a consequence, reading around the subject forms a vital part of the course.  Reading the broadsheets and keeping up to date with the news will broaden your knowledge and support further development of your answers.   Extended writing and numeracy forms a major part of the assessment of the course so the ability to use numerical information and write essays is essential.  The course will open up a range of opportunities from pursuing a career in business, completing a higher level apprenticeship to entering higher education.  Students who take Business have completed degrees in law, accountancy, international marketing, history and politics to name a few!  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Old Swinford Hospital directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: http://www.oshsch.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/Sixth-Form-Prospectus.pdf

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    • Sixth Form courses at Old Swinford Hospital are delivered at our site located off Heath Lane in Old Swinford. The campus is located only a 5 minutes walk away from Stourbridge Junction train station and about 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of Stourbridge town.