Business Studies A Level at Wirral Grammar School for Girls
Unit 1: Planning and Financing a Business This unit explores business start-ups, and examines the factors affecting business success or failure. Assessment is by a one hour written paper comprising a compulsory multi-part data response question.
Unit 2: Managing a Business Topics covered in this unit include People (communication and motivation); Operations Management (quality and customer service); Finance (improving cash flow and measuring profit); Marketing and Competition (planning the 4Ps and analysing the competitive environment). Assessment is by a one and a half hour written paper comprising two compulsory, multi-part data response questions.
Unit 3: Strategies for Success
This unit of the course introduces students to the ways in which large businesses set objectives, measure performance and devise strategy. Assessment is by a one hour and forty five minute written paper based on an unseen case study. Students will be expected to compose a business report in this examination paper.
Unit 4: The Business Environment and Managing Change
This unit considers the relationship between businesses and external factors. It examines how external factors can impact upon businesses, and the responses they may take. In this final unit of the A-Level, students are expected to conduct independent research based on a pre-release task, which will be used in the final written paper. Assessment is by a one hour and forty five minute written paper consisting of a choice of essays (students must select two essays).
It is not necessary to have studied Business Studies at GCSE level to undertake this course. Girls who are new to the subject are not disadvantaged provided they work diligently; it has often been the case that these girls have proved exceptionally able at this subject. Students who have taken the subject at GCSE must have achieved a grade B or higher. The best candidates are those who are able to apply the information that they have studied to different situations which may occur in business. Whilst there are a few calculations to perform, they only require a basic competence in mathematics, for example, being able to perform percentage calculations. The emphasis is on understanding, application, analysis and evaluation.
Business Studies is a popular subject enjoyed by those who choose it. It will appeal particularly to those who wish to find out more about the world of work and the principles that underpin it. We study various aspects including finance, marketing, production, human resources, strategy, and learn how external factors affect the way businesses operate. It is very much a subject where classroom theory can be applied to real life; indeed, anyone wishing to succeed in this subject should be aware of current affairs and current business issues.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wirral Grammar School for Girls directly.