Business at Weald of Kent Grammar School
Business gives students problem solving tools to tackle traditional problems which arise within a dynamic business environment. You will learn about the diverse nature of business enterprise and the interdependence of the various parts of the business world. You will explore business success and business failure, investigate local, national and global business markets. Students will also understand how businesses need to adapt and respond strategically to the changing environment in which they operate to survive and grow.
The course is structured into four themes:
Theme 1: Marketing and People.Included in Theme 1 are topics such as “The Market”, “Meeting Customer Needs”, “The Marketing Mix and Marketing Strategy”, “Entrepreneurs and Leaders” and “Managing People”.
Theme 2: Managing Business Activities.
Included in Theme 2 are topics such as “Raising Finance”, “Financial Planning”, “Managing Finance”, “Resource Management” and “The External Business Environment”.
Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy.
Included in Theme 3 are topics such as “Business Growth”, “Business Objectives and Strategy”, “Decision-Making Techniques”, “Influences on Business Decisions”, “Assessing Competitiveness” and ”Managing Change”.
Theme 4: Global Business.
Included in Theme 4 are such topics as “Globalisation”, “Global Markets and Business Expansion”, “Global Marketing” and “Multi National Corporations”.
At Weald of Kent we recognise the need for students to learn skills that will prepare them for their chosen career. This course comprises both a theoretical and a practical understanding of business and the wider economic environment in which businesses operate. Therefore, the Business A Level develops a number of important skills that will help students progress in their careers. Such skills include; excellent communication skills, numeracy, in depth analysis of data as well as the ability to analyse and evaluate the outcomes of a variety of business and economic situations. An interest in current affairs related to the economy and the business environment will be beneficial, but it is not necessary to have studied Business Studies or Economics at GCSE level. Students to study Business must have achieved a Grade 6 in GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature and a Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics
Students will be assessed by three externally examined papers in May/June of Year 13.
Paper 1: Paper 1 questions will be drawn from Themes 1 and 4. This is a 2 hour exam which comprises data response and essay questions (35% of total qualification).
Paper 2: Paper 2 questions will be drawn from Themes 2 and 3. This is a 2 hour exam which comprises data response and essay questions (35% of total qualification).
Paper 3: Paper 3 questions will be drawn from Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4. This is a 2 hour exam which will be based on a pre-released research task (30% of total qualification).
Economics gives students problem solving tools to tackle traditional economic problems such as how to achieve full employment. It also gives a framework for solving everyday problems and difficulties. It is particularly useful for those who wish to pursue careers in the finance sector. There are numerous professions where economics and business will prove useful including; Accountancy, Advertising, Banking, Retail, Human Resources Manager, Insurance and Marketing. It is also worth noting that many careers now require the employee to make decisions with an informed knowledge of Economics and Business.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weald of Kent Grammar School directly.