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Business Studies A-Level at Burnham Grammar School

Course description

The course demonstrates the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations to provide a dynamic specification. The content is designed to engage 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 will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions; all skills that are needed for further study and employment. 

Over the course students will develop as businessmen and businesswomen, able to mimic the process of launching and establishing a new business. Later, they will learn about the theory and process of strategically operating large business organisations. 

Course content

AS level

What is business? 

Managers, leadership and decision making:

  • Decision making to improve marketing performance 
  • Decision making to improve operational performance 
  • Decision making to improve financial performance 
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance

A Level

What is business? 

Managers, leadership and decision making:

  • Decision making to improve marketing performance 
  • Decision making to improve operational performance 
  • Decision making to improve financial performance 
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance

Additional

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

 

Entry requirements

You must achieve at least 368 GCSE capped points (i.e. your best 8 subjects) for entry to the Sixth form. You must also achieve a C grade in English Language GCSE and Mathematics GCSE alongside meeting the entry criteria for each individual subject. Option 4 is conditional upon achieving 400+ GCSE capped points. 

GCSE points: A*= 58, A= 52, B= 46, C= 40, D= 34

Subject Specific

B in Business Studies GCSE. If Business Studies GCSE not taken, B in Mathematics and B in English Language GCSE. Students with Business Studies GCSE will be admitted to the course before those without Business Studies GCSE.

Assessment

AS

Paper 1 Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 80 marks in total 50% of AS 

Paper 2 Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 80 marks in total 50% of AS 

A-level

Paper 1 Written exam: 2 hour 100 marks in total 33.3% of A-level weighting

Paper 2 Written exam: 2 hour 100 marks in total 33.3% of A-level weighting 

Paper 3 Written exam: 2 hour 100 marks in total 33.3% of A-level weighting

Future opportunities

The subject leads to a wide variety of careers, such as accountancy, marketing, management, insurance underwriting, sales, banking, advertising, human resources and many more.

At degree level, it can be studied as a single honours degree and a joint honours degree often with subjects such as Law, Economics, Maths, Accountancy or a Language. Degree courses can also specialise in a particular area of Business such as Marketing and Accountancy or can have a specialism as part of a minor degree scheme e.g. Business studies with Marketing. It is also common for Business degree courses to have a year placement in industry which is not only financially beneficial during the year but also highly beneficial for post graduate career progression.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burnham Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2015

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