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Business A Level at Sacred Heart Catholic College

Course description

A Level Business (Examination Board: AQA) is a dynamic subject that engages students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society

They will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology and business ethics, and globalisation is covered throughout the topics.

Students also develop real life skills such as those needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment.

With a focus on helping students become good decision makers, they will learn essential managerial skills, alongside techniques to help them become analytical problem solvers.

These skills are all highly sought after and valued in a wide range of careers.

Assessment is wholly by examination, and the question papers use a variety of assessment styles including multiple choice, short answer, data response, essay and case studies so that students feel more confident and engage with the questions

Real life case studies will be used wherever possible to make it easier for students to relate to and apply their knowledge and skills developed throughout the course.

Course content

Year 12:
- What is business?
- Managers, leadership and decision making
- Decision making to improve:
. Marketing performance
. Operational performance
. Financial performance
. Human resource performance

Year 13:
- Analysing the strategic position of a business (A Level only)
- Choosing strategic direction (A Level only)
- Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies (A Level only)
- Managing strategic change (A Level only)


Assessments will all take place at the end of Year 13, and students must undertake all the assessments for the award of the A Level qualification.

Assessment is 100% external examination; there is no coursework element.

For students interested in studying business, finance or management at University, A Level Business provides an excellent foundation.

Skills learned are transferable across a broad range of subjects and careers, helping students long into the future.

For example, knowledge of motivational theory will help students to work well with others and help them achieve their potential. Marketing and finance topics will be particularly useful for students interested in starting their own business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sacred Heart Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 07 March 2017
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