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Business Studies A Level at St Edmunds Catholic Academy

Course description

In the first year, this course focuses initially on the traits, characteristics and motivations of a successful entrepreneur. Learners will develop their understanding of the issues involved in starting a firm before exploring the management of a small business. The second year expands upon this to consider the strategic management of large businesses, a variety of decision making tools and different approaches to the management of change.

Course content

Key Points:

AS Business Focuses on the management of the functional areas of a business. Students will examine the specific activities of the different functional areas of a business, including the management of finances, Marketing, Human Resources and Operations. Learners will explore the concepts of management and entrepreneurialism and consider how they can be applied to a range of small to medium size enterprises.

A Level Business includes the content of AS Business, but builds on this to explore the role of strategic leadership and decision making within firms, examining how this impact on the day to day management of organisations. The second year of the course focuses on: The analytical techniques that can be used to make strategic decisions and different methods of managing change. Learners will consider how the role of a leader differs from that of a manager and how leaders can impact on the effectiveness of an organisation. At both AS and A Level, learners will be expected to demonstrate their quantitative and qualitative analysis skills. Learners should be comfortable with exploring statistical data and working with tasks that require extended reading and writing.

Future opportunities

Most Business students continue on to further study in a related discipline. Most previous A Level Business students have gone on to read Business and/or finance at university. Some students use this qualification to progress on to a law degree. Alternatively, it is possible to progress directly from a level three Business qualification directly onto a higher apprenticeship in a range of areas such as Accountancy, Customer Service, Management and Marketing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edmunds Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years