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Business A Level at Gravesend Grammar School

Course description

This new course equips students to face the corporate world, or study any aspect of business and management at university. A Level Business students will be well on the way to becoming effective business managers in the 21st Century. By the end of the course you will have focused on the dynamic nature of the contemporary business world, researched topical business issues, developed and applied a full range of academic skills including data interpretation, essay writing and theoretical modelling. You will explore real business situations and understand the role of business within today’s society.

Course content

Business A level sets out to address topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society, preparing students for their working life ahead. The core content has been organised to follow a logical pathway through the understanding of a strategic approach to managing large businesses. It has been broken down into ten modules, each of which is equally important to the overall qualification.

  1. What is business?
  2. Managers, leadership and decision-making
  3. Decision making to improve marketing performance
  4. Decision making to improve financial performance
  5. Decision making to improve operational performance
  6. Decision making to improve human resource performance
  7. Analysing the strategic position of a business
  8. Choosing the strategic direction
  9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  10. Managing strategic change

The subject lends itself to independent research and project work, as well as group work, so you can be sure of a mix of teaching methods. The new content has been designed to engage students through including contemporary topics and issues such as digital technology, business ethics and globalisation, all of which lend themselves to debate and the opportunity to develop personal judgement. Students who enjoy the opportunity to think for themselves will find the new Business A Level extremely rewarding.

Entry requirements

Business is an academically demanding subject; good numeracy and literacy skills are necessary as the course involves writing essays, data interpretation and data response. Students are recommended to have achieved a Level 6 (or equivalent) in Business at GCSE. Students who do not have a GCSE or equivalent will be required to complete an extensive programme of work over the summer to help bridge the knowledge gap before the start of the course.

Assessment

The new A level is assessed by 3 x 2 hour exams at the end of Year 13. All three examine the whole of the content and are split in 20% quantitative assessment and 80% qualitative assessment. There are different styles of question, including multiple choice, data response and essays.

Future opportunities

The Business A Level will prepare you both for a further course of study at university, or for entry in to the working world at the age of 18. For example, while many of our students have gone on to study the subject further at university, we have seen a growing number secure attractive apprenticeship schemes for organisations such as Deloitte and the Bank of England. The range of opportunities from the Business A level is incredibly broad and we will support you, whatever your choice.

Further information

Students have been able to attend events such as “Business in Action” designed to extend their learning and see how the theory can be applied. There are numerous activities run within school to complement learning; for example students pit their wits against each other in the ‘Stock Market Challenge’ or participate in the team-based national finance competition BASE.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 January 2019
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