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A Level Business Studies at Shrewsbury College

Course description

Students starting a two-year course in September will take an AS level in the first year. The subject content is presented in four modules: two in the AS and two for the A2. At AS Level, this specification introduces candidates to the challenges and issues of starting a business, including financial planning. It then focuses on how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions at a functional level. Units are as follows:Unit 1 Developing new Business ideas - This unit covers the characteristics students would need to develop to be successful in business and how new or existing businesses generate their product or service ideas and test them through market research. Students will also consider the competition in the market, the economic climate, how the business might be finances and how much revenue the ideas might generate;Unit 2 Managing the business - This unit covers the key activities which students may be involved in if they were to set up and/or manage a business whether small, medium or large. It also introduced students to some basic management tools and models which will be developed in the A2 qualification.At A2, this specification considers strategies for larger businesses and how managers might measure the performance of the business. Finally, it considers the effects that external factors can have on businesses and how a business can plan for and manage change, including leadership style and change in business culture.

Course content

Students starting a two-year course in September will take an AS level in the first year. The subject content is presented in four modules: two in the AS and two for the A2. At AS Level, this specification introduces candidates to the challenges and issues of starting a business, including financial planning. It then focuses on how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions at a functional level. Units are as follows:Unit 1 Developing new Business ideas - This unit covers the characteristics students would need to develop to be successful in business and how new or existing businesses generate their product or service ideas and test them through market research. Students will also consider the competition in the market, the economic climate, how the business might be finances and how much revenue the ideas might generate;Unit 2 Managing the business - This unit covers the key activities which students may be involved in if they were to set up and/or manage a business whether small, medium or large. It also introduced students to some basic management tools and models which will be developed in the A2 qualification.At A2, this specification considers strategies for larger businesses and how managers might measure the performance of the business. Finally, it considers the effects that external factors can have on businesses and how a business can plan for and manage change, including leadership style and change in business culture.

Entry requirements

To study Business “A” level you should ideally have already attained a minimum grade “C” at GCSE in Business.

Assessment

Assessment is by external examination in May/June. The exams vary in length from 1 to 2 hours.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shrewsbury College directly.

Last updated date: 15 January 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: ALV3BUS001-APP15

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