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Business Advanced Specialist Qualification at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

What is an Advanced Specialist Qualification in Business?
The Advanced Specialist Qualification is a two year full time vocational course, where you learn by completing assignments that are based on realistic situations, activities and demands. As well as learning about the employment area, you develop the skills you need to start a career. This qualification is equivalent to three A levels.

Why study an Advanced Specialist Qualification in Business?
The Advanced Specialist Qualification in Business is aimed at people who are interested in pursuing a managerial role within a business. Students embark on the course for a variety of reasons. Some may wish to continue their studies into further education whilst others may seek employment within a range of businesses both locally and nationally.

Course content

The course is made up of eighteen units, each consisting of approximately five assignments. Assignments can be in different formats such as written reports, PowerPoint presentations, discussions, role plays, posters, as well as practical activities such as web design or the creation of a real marketing campaign. There will be the option to complete a one day work placement each week. Listed below are some of the unit titles studied:

Unit 1: The Business Environment
Unit 2: Business Resources
Unit 3: Introduction to Marketing
Unit 4: Business Communication
Unit 5: Business Accounting
Unit 9: Creative Product Design
Unit 10: Market Research in Business in Business
Unit 12: Internet Marketing
Unit 13: Recruitment and Selection in Business
Unit 15: Development Planning for a Career in Business
Unit 17: Training in the Business Workplace
Unit 18: Managing a Business Event
Unit 19: Developing Teams in Business
Unit 23: Aspects of the Legal System and Law-making Process
Unit 27: Understanding Health and Safety in the Business Workplace
Unit 34: Website Design Strategy
Unit 36: Starting a Small Business
Unit 37: Understanding Business Ethics

Entry requirements

You will need to have at least four GCSEs at Grade C or above.

Future opportunities

Students are also entitled to a one day per week work placement which will allow them to see first hand their business theory in practice. Many of the units allow for business visits, external visitors to the school and students may be able to use their part time employment experiences as evidence to meet related criteria.

What kind of career does this subject/qualification prepare me for?
Specialist Qualifications are valued by employers and higher education institutions (universities and colleges). The Scheme could lead onto an Apprenticeship, or employment with institutions such as Banks, Insurance Brokers, Retailers, Manufacturers, Marketing Agencies, Leisure and Accommodation providers, and Accountancy firms. The benefit of this qualification is that the skills gained are relevant to all employment sectors.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 15 October 2015
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