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Business A Level at Eaton Bank Academy

Course description

All of us have to earn a living. Some of you will be self-employed, some of you will work for private companies, and others will work in the public sector. Regardless of the type of employment or your position, an understanding of how businesses and organisations operate can be crucial to your success. Studying Business at ‘A’ level will give you a clear perspective on how successful organisations operate and assist you in your future career development.

A qualification in Business provides evidence for employers of your ability to think analytically, communicate well, solve problems and successfully complete numerous and varied tasks. Business Studies is a subject that provides pupils with an excellent academic grounding in the business world, and in particular how companies, large and small, operate. It gives pupils a window into the world of business in that they learn about the internal workings of a firm, as well
as the many things that can influence companies from the outside such as taxation, government regulations, pressure groups, exchange rates and interest rates.

At A-Level, the study of general business concepts, specific functional theories and practice (e.g. how does a business motivate its employees or draw up a cash flow forecast), and the development of skills needed to apply these can enormously enhance your career prospects in today’s fast-paced changing business world.

Course content

The first year of the course consists of six elements:
What is business?
This introduces students to the different types of legal status a business can adopt, what aims it can set for itself and the external influences that it has to deal with.

Managers, Leadership and Decision-Making
This element forms an introduction to students on how to effectively lead and manage a company, so that a company can achieve its aims and balance the interests of its stakeholders.
Improving Marketing Performance
Pupils become familiar with how a company ensures that it meets the needs of its customers whilst making a profit. Market research, interpreting marketing data, the marketing mix and how technology is affecting marketing are all examples of topics in this area.
Improving Operational Performance
This section of the course introduces pupils to how a business best manages its resources to bring about the most efficient method of providing its products. Topics like stock control, quality control, and production methods to maximise efficiency and productivity are contained in this section.

Improving Financial Performance
Essential to the success of all competitive companies is a sound understanding and control of finance. Students will learn all about, for example, sources of finance,
break-even analysis, different costs, and why revenue and profit are important.
Improving Human Resource Performance
In this part of the course students will learn all about how a firm can adopt different approaches to ensure a business effectively recruits, trains, motivates and rewards its most important asset–its people, or personnel-in order to maintain high levels of labour productivity.

In Year 13, Students take a business leader’s perspective and crucial executive overview. The remainder of the A Level consists of a further four fascinating elements: Analysing the strategic position a business finds itself in, choosing a new strategic direction, Methods of pursuing a new strategic direction and how to manage a change of strategy. These elements are synoptic and draw upon all the other preceding units of the course. The Business environment and managing change also considers how companies use strategies to manage the effects of external factors (such as exchange rates, interest rates changes in the economic cycle) and is studied through a variety of actual real business contexts.

Entry requirements

It is not necessary to have a GCSE in this subject to be able to take this course at A-Level. Teachers will use a range of teaching methods to deliver the specification, which may include case studies, video, visits, outside speakers, group work, individual or group presentations, and note taking.
You do not need to have a GCSE in Business Studies to take the A-Level. You will be expected to read around the subject– Business Studies material is everywhere. You will have the opportunity to subscribe to Business Review (a quarterly magazine especially for students of A-Level Business) at a reduced rate. The internet affords access to an increasing number of useful websites. There are excellent television programmes such as Working Lunch, Dragons’ Den, The Apprentice, Panorama and The Money Programme. You should also get in the habit of reading a quality
newspaper such as The Guardian, The Financial Times, and The Telegraph,
which are all useful sources of up-to-date business information.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Business Studies can be the first step in obtaining your Degree in a
range of Businessdisciplines. People with qualifications in Business can look forward to a career in awide range of areas such as Production Management, Market Research, Human Resources,Public Relations, Banking or other financial institutions, Recruitment or Retail Management. It can also be invaluable if you intend to become self-employed.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eaton Bank Academy directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2018

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