Business Studies A Level at Blenheim High School
The course focuses on developing an understanding of how businesses are set up and how they survive in an ever changing business world. We are all affected by the decisions businesses make and in this course we learn how important it is to: control costs and maximise sales; employ the right people; make excellent products; ensure we know our markets and make our customers aware of our products. From the beginning of a business start-up, to the challenges faced by large multinational corporations, this course is applied to the real world today and the products we buy.
The following subject areas will be studied across the two year course
- What is a 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 be assessed by three external examinations at the end of the course.
Arguably, any career you choose will require some understanding of how a business works, however A level Business could lead to more focused careers in Marketing (e.g. Advertising, and/or Brand Management), Sales, Human Resource Management (e.g. Recruitment and Training), Customer Services, Strategic Business Management, or managing and controlling the financial performance of a business (e.g. Accountancy). It could also lead to a place in higher education for example Management Studies or Accountancy.
Students are encouraged to participate in trips which in the past have included the Bank of England and Wimbledon Tennis Museum. They are encouraged to take part in Young Enterprise and other national student competitions throughout the course. An opportunity for an overseas trip is currently being investigated.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blenheim High School directly.