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Business Studies A Level at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School

Course description

 What is the course about?

The course aims to give students a sound understanding of the fast paced and vibrant world of business and the dynamic environments in which organisations exist. Throughout the course real life businesses are visited and researched, giving students a chance to consider different career paths and companies for which in the future they may wish to work. Thecourse focuses on starting a business and the issues facing entrepreneurs when starting a new business venture, including financial planning and management and  how to manage staff, operations, and marketing.  The  course develops key skills needed for Year 2 and is assessed by two written examination papers. In Year 13 the emphasis is on providing greater depth of understanding in each topic studied in Year 12and developing a wider understanding of the global business environment. Topics studied include; finance, leadership, economics, politics, technology, sociology and ethics.

For whom is the course suitable?

The course will appeal to students interested in the world of business activity who would like to gain a greater understanding of how a business operates and how business problems occur along with possible solutions to these problems. Most  subjects fit in well with Business Studies. The subjects where there is some curricular overlap with Business Studies include Government and Politics, Sociology, Geography, ICT, Mathematics/Statistics, Economics and Psychology.

Teaching Methods and Homework commitment:

A variety of approaches are used, including, industry visits, note-taking, practice of different types of questions, video, games, role-play exercises and carrying out research on different topic areas. Students are required to work independently, completing assignments, including presentations on research that they have collected independently from information gained from a variety of sources. Homework is centred on research, essay writing and revision for mock tests, which are held termly.

What could I go on to do at the end of the course?

Business Studies is a subject which will prove particularly useful in many varied careers. Commerce, law, politics, banking, fashion, retail, insurance, journalism and management are just a few of the many areas that appreciate some form of understanding of the working of the complicated business world. A knowledge and understanding of Business Studies will also help students embarking on degree courses in Economics, Marketing, Accountancy, Management, Fashion, Geography, Sociology, Law and Politics.

Method of Study and Assessment

ALevel Course

Paper 1 – Marketing & People

Written Paper 2 hours         35% of A Level

Paper 2 – Business activities, decisions and strategy

Written Paper 2 hours          35% of A level

Paper 3 – Investigating business in a competitive environment

Written Paper 2 hours           30% of A level

(50% of Paper 3 is based on a pre-released research task that requires students to independently investigate a business context.)                          






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Entry requirements

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 09 October 2018
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