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A-Level Business Studies at Winstanley College

Course description

Course content

All Business modules are assessed through written exams

Theme 1              Marketing and People

Theme 2              Managing Business Activities

Theme 3              Business Objectives and Strategy

Theme 4              Global Business

Why should I study Business at Winstanley?

In the Business and Economics department we take pride in the number of ways you can access the curriculum, from Moodle, to online custom made videos, to student mentoring and highly specialist exam support, Young Enterprise, student investor and a whole host of business speakers to ensure the course is fresh, vibrant and exciting. Some students start their own business in the first year, or carry out business ideas that they have had in the past. A number of trips and visits are also run, eg- to a European city as well as to London. We are hoping to take a trip to China in the near future. Former students who have become successes in the business and economic environment are frequent visitors. Trips to Jaguar Land Rover and large national businesses are part of your curriculum.

We are fortunate to have a huge number of former students who wish to support you, whether that be from the Bank of England, Ernst and Young, KPMG, Deloitte, Rolls Royce, internet start-up entrepreneurs  and other top FSTE 100 firms.  In the second year you can sign up for  a Finance Baccalaureate course that helps prepare for University and guarantees work experience in the Bank of England and Royal Bank of Scotland. Alternatively you may sign up for an 8 week course at Manchester University testing your aptitude for a degree prior to taking on a large student debt. This course also allows you to use Manchester University library.

Learning outside the Classroom

Students are very much encouraged to use the news and real life busines stories to apply their knowledge to the real world. As teachers of Business Education, we ensure that delivery of topics are presented through real business scenarios so students don’t just learn about, but understand, the business world and the influences and interactions within it.

We are proud of our highly specialised exam support which covers things like answer structure and  application of theory. We offer a very popular Study Hall system where student attend weekly sessions with their own revision with a specialist tutor on hand to answer questions. We are also developing our A2 mentors, who have proved a big success this year guiding less confident students to high grades.  We realise it’s not all about academic grades and you will have full support adapting to college life, getting a part-time job and also into your progression, either into the workplace, or University.

From School Pupil to Winstanley Student

No specific qualifications are necessary (other than meeting the College entry policy) but you must be able to write good English and have basic numeracy skills. We will work with you from scratch and assume you know nothing about Business when you start. A desire and curiosity to know more about the business and the external environment and an interest in current affairs is a must. Those students who can make judgements about the best course of action or critique others’ decisions, thrive. So if you’re the sort of student who shouts at the entrepreneurs on Dragon’s Den before Peter Jones does, then you’ll do well!

Where are they now?

Ryan Cant

Ryan left Winstanley in 2009, having progressed to the National Final of Young Enterprise here to study Management with Spanish at The University of St Andrews. Upon graduating in 2013. Ryan joined Accenture as part of their financial services consulting practice and currently works with the UK's largest banks and payment processing companies on large scale transformation projects. He regularly returns to College to pass on his experience.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Winstanley College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years