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Business Studies at Mark Rutherford School

Course description

The Business Studies course enables learners to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business, and the role it plays in society. The syllabus covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues, and encourages a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. Learners examine the man agement of organisations and, in particular, the process of decision - making in a dynamic external environment.

Course content

This course will develop your skills in decision making and problem solving in a business context. It will help you to analyse and evaluate the best course of action for a business, based on research and evidence from case studies and live bus iness situations.

You will be able to demonstrate concepts, theories, methods and models to show an understanding of how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to business issues; apply knowledge and understanding to various business contexts to show how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to issues; analyse issues within business, showing an understanding of the impact on individuals and organisations of external and internal influences; evaluate quantitative and qualitative information to make informed judgements and propose evidence - based solutions to business issues.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements apply. In addition, you should have grade 5 or above in English Language and Maths, and gra de B or above in Business Studi es . Students who have not previously studied Business Studies are welcome to join the course but require grade 5 or ab ove in English Language, grade 5 or above in Maths and a minimum GCSE Average Point Score of 45.


AS assessment is by two one - and - a - half hour written exams at the end of the course.

Paper 1: T wo compulsory sections, including multiple choice, short answer questions and data response questions.

Paper 2: One compulsory case study consisting of seven questions.

The A - level is assessed by three two hour written exams at the end of the course.

Paper 1: Multiple - choice questions, short answer questions and two essays.

Paper 2: Three compulsory data response questions.

Paper 3: One compulsory case study consisting of six questions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 November 2017

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