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A Level Business at All Saints Catholic High School

Course description

Business is front-page news. The way companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, while TV programmes like Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice have raised the profile of Business to a new generation. This course enables students to engage with, explore and understand business behavior and develop a critical understanding of what Business is and does. Business students therefore study constantly updated topical issues that can generate change for business organisations and the ways in which businesses respond to these issues.

Here at All Saints we involve our sixth form Business students in a number of activities to develop a depth of understanding about how their academic study relates to real life. Students are therefore encouraged to take part in competitions such as the BiG Challenge, which is an opportunity for students to pitch their business ideas, test their products and sharpen their selling skills.

Course content

AS Level

Business 1 What is business?, leadership and decision making,

Business 2 marketing, finance, operations and human resources.

A2 Level

Business 1 As above, but also elements considering business

Business 2 strategy, analysing strategic direction and how to

Business 3 successfully manage change.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade C in Business Studies if taken

Assessment

All units are examined; there is no coursework element. Business 1 and Business 2 are examined in Y12 for those students opting to study AS Business. Business 1, Business 2 and Business 3 are examined in Y13 for those students opting to study A Level Business.

Future opportunities

Students develop skills in applying knowledge and analysing different types of data in order to tackle problems and issues arising from both familiar and unfamiliar situations. Students will enhance their skills in decision making and communication by evaluating various options and reaching judgements, distinguishing and assessing the appropriateness of fact and opinion from a variety of sources.

The course lays the foundation for any further study of business or related subjects in higher education. Possible careers include: Management, Banking, Insurance, Human Resources, Accountancy and Retail.

Further information

Student comment:

“…I was really inspired by the work on Human Resources. It linked to my part time employment and I could see how to apply the ideas. Now I have applied to university to take a degree in HR and Business Management.”  

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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