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Business at The Sixth Form College Solihull

Course description

Rarely does a day go by without some reference to a business in the local, national or international context. Businesses can shape the world we live in both positively and negatively. Some businesses are iconic and have become part of our daily vocabulary. For example we say to “Google” for something meaning to search for something on the internet.does a day go by without some reference to a business in the local, national or international context. Businesses can shape the world we live in both positively and negatively. Some businesses are iconic and have become part of our daily vocabulary. For example we say to “Google” for something meaning to search for something on the internet.This course will enable students to:
• Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to analyse data
• Think critically about issues
• Make informed decisions
• Study key contemporary developments such as digital technology, business ethics and globalisation through a range of topics.

Course content

This is a two year Advanced Level course that looks at business in a variety of contexts such as large/small, UK focused/global and service/manufacturing. In these contexts students will consider:
• The importance of decision making.
• How business activities are interrelated and how they affect competitiveness.
• The markets in which businesses operate.
• How functional decisions and plans (e.g. a marketing campaign), are influenced by ethical and environmental issues.
• Factors determining whether a decision is likely to be successful e.g. the quality of data.
• How technology is changing the way businesses operate and compete.
• The impact on stakeholders and their reaction to functional decisions.
• The use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making including index numbers, ratios and percentages.

Entry requirements

3 A level Programme:
The majority of our students will choose to study 3 A level courses and will commit to these subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least two grade 6s or B grades at GCSE
• At least a further three grade 4s or C grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.

Please note that there may be additional entry requirements specific to particular courses – please check each course listing on our website carefully to ensure you understand these entry requirements.

4 A level Programme:
Some very able students may choose to study 4 A level subjects. This will include all students who choose to study A level Further Mathematics, who will pick Mathematics, Further Mathematics and two other subjects. These students must commit to these 4 subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least five grade 7s or A/A* grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 6 or B grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.
• Students picking Mathematics and Further Mathematics will need to get at least a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.

You will need to produce extended written answers so your standard of English is important. If GCSE Business has been taken then students must achieve a minimum of a grade 4 or C.

Assessment

No coursework
Examination (100%) There will be three 2 hour written examinations each worth 100 marks.
• Paper 1 comprises multiple choice questions, short answer questions and a choice of essays.
• Paper 2 has three compulsory data response questions, each with three or four part questions.
• Paper 3 includes a case study followed by approximately six questions.
Examining Board – AQA.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sixth Form College Solihull directly.

Last updated date: 20 September 2017
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