A2 Business Studies at South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy
The course is designed to broaden your understanding and knowledge of business and to develop important personal, academic and business skills.
Unit 1 - Planning and Financing a Business
Topics include: starting a new venture, the motives, challenges and problems arising from starting a new enterprise. Different legal formats and associated issues. Recruitment and selection with reference to legal and ethical considerations. Financial planning including cash flow forecasting, break-even, budgeting and profitability. The importance of the marketing function in a new business.Unit 2 - Managing a Business
Topics include: managing an existing business venture with regards to financial management and problem solving. Different organisational structures that are available. Improving workforce effectiveness and motivating employees. Operational management with the emphasis on making decisions linked to quality initiatives and updating technological resources. The marketing concept is further investigated and the importance of using the mix effectively.Unit 3 - Strategies for Success
Topics include: strategic objectives for the overall direction of a business. Topics can be broken down into the 4 main functional areas including: Financial strategies with the emphasis on setting objectives and assessment of performance. Selecting appropriate marketing strategies and developing marketing plans. Operational strategies with the emphasis on the scale and resource mix to implementation of lean production techniques. Human Resource strategies including workforce planning and managing the employer-employee relationship.Unit 4 - The Business Environment and Managing Change
Topics include: understanding mission, aims and objectives. Investigate how a business analyses changes in the external environment covering economic conditions, political and legal conditions, social trends and the technological environment. There is also a consideration of the critical relationship between businesses and their competitive environment. Internal causes of change for a business including leadership and cultural differences and the importance of appropriate strategic decisions in various situations.
5A*- C grades including Maths.
Assessment is through written examination.
This course can lead to a variety of careers such as Teaching, Management, Marketing, PR, Retail, Commercial, Law
Please contact Mr J Stokes for further information on email@example.com
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy directly.