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Business A Level at Shirley High School Performing Arts College

Course description

The focus of the course is to assist you in developing an enthusiasm for Business; this is achieved as you gain a holistic understanding of business and enterprise. The course investigates the different types of businesses, their ability to meet the needs and wants of society, identifying creative solutions to the issues they face in addition to the responsibilities they hold.

Emphasis is placed on encouraging you to develop your ability to recognise, define, analyse and evaluate problems. Wherever possible you are placed in the role of real life decision makers to consolidate and put into practice key business theories.
The A Level course contains three components; each component is an externally assessed written examination. The size of the business in each component progressively increases and focuses on the importance and consequences for each respective business of their actions.

Course content

  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 should have an enquiring and open mind and during the course must develop the ability to think strategically and have the determination to succeed. The ability to write succinctly, analyse and evaluate is important, as is being able to complete calculations.

Quantitative Skills in Business

In order to be able to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in business, students need to have acquired competence in the quantitative skills that are relevant to the subject content and which are applied in the context of a business A-level, including:

  • calculate, use and understand ratios, averages and fractions
  • calculate, use and understand percentages and percentage changes
  • construct and interpret a range of standard graphical forms
  • interpret index numbers
  • calculate cost, revenue, profit and break-even
  • calculate investment appraisal outcomes and interpret results
  • interpret values of price and income elasticity of demand
  • use and interpret quantitative and non-quantitative information in order to make decisions
  • interpret, apply and analyse information in written, graphical and numerical forms.

Assessment

Paper 1: Business 1

What's assessed:

  • All content (1-10)

Assessed:

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A Level

Questions:

Three compulsory questions

  • Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks
  • Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks
  • Sections C and D have two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) worth 25 marks each

Paper 2: Business 2

What's assessed:

  • All content (1-10)

Assessed:

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A Level

Questions:

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

Paper 3: Business 3

What's assessed:

  • All content (1-10)

Assessed:

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A Level

Questions:

  • One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions

Future opportunities

Business A level prepares students for a broad range of degree courses including Economics, Business, Human Resources and Accounting. It also provides an excellent pathway into the world or work. As well as giving students the skills to undertake careers in management and accountancy the course also provides the entrepreneurial individual with the comprehensive information required to set up a business of their own.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shirley High School Performing Arts College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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