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Business at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Do you harbour ambitions of being a successful business person? Have you got great ideas for a new product or service? Do you want to work for a large company in a specific area, such as finance or marketing? No matter your vision, the Business A Level course gives you an incredibly powerful start to a career in the world of business. All the key topics of running a business are covered; whether you are working for a global corporation or selling lemonade from your home, this course will prepare you.

The content of the A Level qualification is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society. You will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology, business ethics, and globalisation of business activity.

Topic areas include:

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

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.

Course content

Course Details

This course is assessed by 3 two-hour examinations. Each of the examinations assesses the use of all subject knowledge areas. The question papers use a variety of assessment styles including multiple choice, short answer, data response, essay and case studies to enable students to confidently engage with the questions. Recognising this, real life case studies will be used wherever possible to make it easier for students to relate to and apply their knowledge and skills.

Entry requirements

Subject specific GCSE requirements:  General Sixth Form Entry Requirements: Admission to the Sixth Form will be as a result of applicants achieving a minimum Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.  In total students need to have achieved at least six GCSEs of which at least four subjects are at Grade 6 (or Grade B). In addition students must meet subject entry requirements. Students meeting only the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form are likely to find the choice of subjects which they can access is restricted.  Examination Board: AQA

Further information

From September 2018, MGGS will be offering two pathways at the start of Year 12. These are:

Pathway 1: 3 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme

Pathway 2: 4 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme (For students achieving at least 8 A* or A / 9-7 grades)

Decisions on whether students do Pathway 1 or 2 will not be made until after GCSE results are published in August 2018.

All students should list five subjects in preference order. The first three will be your preferred A level choices and the fourth and fifth will be considered as reserve choices. If you would like to be considered for Pathway 2, you will be able to indicate this at your Guidance Meeting in February.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years