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Business A Level at Gordon's School

Course description

The course is examined at the end of Year 12 and as a whole at end of Year 13.

Year 12
For a business to operate effectively, tasks must be carried out by different functional areas (or departments) such as marketing, people, finance and operations.

Theme 1 enables students to understand how businesses identify opportunities and to explore how businesses focus on developing a competitive advantage through interacting with customers. Students develop an understanding of how businesses need to adapt their marketing to operate in a dynamic business environment. This theme also considers people, exploring how businesses recruit, train, organise and motivate employees, as well as the role of enterprising individuals and leader.

In Theme 2, students develop an understanding of raising and managing finance, and measuring business performance. The theme outlines the importance of using resources efficiently within a business to ensure that goods or services can be delivered effectively and efficiently, and to a high quality. Students also consider the external influences that have an impact on businesses, including economic and legal factors.

Year 13

In Year 13, students explore influences on business strategy and decision-making (Theme 3), as well as explore business activity in a global context (Theme 4). Students learn about larger businesses and the challenges they face on both a day to day basis and in planning for the future, including the ethical and moral dimensions of global business activities.

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirements to join the Sixth Form are:

1.     A minimum of three GCSE grades A* to C plus at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
AND
2.     The grade criteria for individual subjects as outlined on the last page in this booklet.

Note:
Following the publication of GCSE results in August 2017 students may appeal to governors in the event of academic
requirements not being met. 

Assessment

Paper 1: Marketing and people
50%
Students are assessed on their understanding of Theme 1 topics, including meeting customer needs, the market, marketing mix and strategy, managing people, entrepreneurs and leaders. This paper contains short answer questions and some extended writing questions; max 20 marks.

Paper 2: Managing business activities
50%
Students are assessed on their understanding of Theme 2 topics, including raising finance, financial planning, managing finance, resource management and external influences. This paper contains short answer questions and some extended writing questions; max 20 marks.

Exam Papers Y13

Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses
35%
Each question is drawn from topics across Themes 1 and 4, and from one or more of the following contexts: local, national or global. Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended openresponse question.

Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy
35%
Each question is drawn from topics across Themes 2 and 3, and from one or more of the following contexts: local, national or global. Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended openresponse question.

Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment
30%
Students are required to apply their knowledge and understanding from Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4, and link this to a particular industry or sector that they have been provided in the pre-released theme. Questions in Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gordon's School directly.

Last updated date: 16 May 2017
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