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Business Studies (A Level) at Rainham Mark Grammar School

Course description

To develop a critical understanding of organisations by demonstrating the inter-related nature of business using business models, theories and techniques in order to analyse and appreciate contemporary business issues and situations.


The study of key contemporary developments such as digital technology, business ethics and globalisation which are increasingly relevant in today’s society will enable students to acquire the skills of decision-making and problem solving within a business context.


Most subjects concentrate upon a comparatively narrow subject area that they study in depth. In comparison Business Studies looks at a wider range of interrelated ideas and issues. It is inter-disciplinary and contains elements for instance of psychology, accounts, economics and law.

Therefore Business Studies straddles the divide between Arts and Sciences and so it can be successfully combined with most other subjects to form a balanced programme of study. After all many of our students whatever their subject specialisms will eventually find a career within the business environment.

Degree courses in business or management studies as well as more specialised courses in marketing and finance are becoming increasingly common in Higher Education. Although it is not necessary to have studied Business Studies to be eligible for these courses, it would clearly be an advantage.

The course can also be useful to those who choose to find employment/apprenticeship after leaving school as it provides an introduction to elements of the business environment that they might encounter in their job.

The course would also be of interest to those that have ambitions to start their own business at some stage in their lives

 

Course content

Business Studies key areas of business:

1. What is business?
2. Managers, leadership and decision making
3. Decision making to improve marketing performance
4. Decision making to improve operational performance
5. Decision making to improve financial performance
6. Decision making to improve human resource performance
7. Analysing the strategic position of a business
8. Choosing strategic direction
9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies                                                         

10. Managing strategic change

 

 

 

 

Entry requirements

Students must have 5s in GCSE English Language and Mathematics or above.

Who is best suited to this course?

Students who are looking to actively engage with the dynamic world of business through current issues in the media and are able to links theory with reality.  Enthusiasm and the ability to solve problems and think logically are essential to success in Business Studies.

Assessment

There are 3 exams overall which must be undertaken.
All 10 key areas are assessed

Business 1:
• written exam: 2 hour
• 100 marks in total
•  33.3% of A-level weighting

Questions - Three compulsory sections:
•  Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks.
•  Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks.
•  Section C has two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) each worth 25 marks.

Business 2:
•  written exam: 2 hour
•  100 marks in total
•   33.3% of A-level weighting

Questions - Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks
each and made up of three or four part questions

Business 3:
• written exam: 2 hour
•  100 marks in total
•  33.3% of A-level weighting
Questions - One compulsory case study followed with approximate six questions

 

 

Future opportunities

Most subjects concentrate upon a comparatively narrow subject area that they study in depth. In comparison Business Studies looks at a wider range of interrelated ideas and issues. It is inter-disciplinary and contains elements for instance of psychology, accounts, economics and law.

 

Therefore Business Studies straddles the divide between Arts and Sciences and so it can be successfully combined with most other subjects to form a balanced programme of study. After all many of our students whatever their subject specialisms will eventually find a career within the business environment.

 

Degree courses in business or management studies as well as more specialised courses in marketing and finance are becoming increasingly common in Higher Education. Although it is not necessary to have studied Business Studies to be eligible for these courses, it would clearly be an advantage.

 

The course can also be useful to those who choose to find employment/apprenticeship after leaving school as it provides an introduction to elements of the business environment that they might encounter in their job.

 

The course would also be of interest to those that have ambitions to start their own business at some stage in their lives.

 

 

 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 October 2017
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    • Contact name:
    • Mr O'Neill
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01634 364151
    • Email address:
    • PONeill@rmgs.org.uk

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    • Rainham Mark Grammar School is an 11-18 Selective School, currently we have over 880 students aged 11-16 and over 340 aged 16-18 taking AS and A2 levels. We aim to be a friendly, caring and stimulating community which motivates young people to enjoy learning, participate enthusiastically in wider activities and make the most of their abilities.