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Business Single Award at John Willmott School (JWS)

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Single award – 1 A level - Two year course.

This A level is a respected qualification for students seeking to further their education at University or wanting to enter the world of work and would suit students who prefer coursework to exams.  

The qualification is an A level graded A to E.  At the end of two years, students successful in 6 units are awarded one A level.

Fancy yourself at the head of a successful business? Got some great ideas for new products or services?  Or maybe you want to work for a large company by working in marketing or management.  No matter what your vision, this Business A Level course gives you an incredibly powerful start to launch you on to becoming a business person.  

It’s a competitive world and this qualification will help you be a cut above the rest.  A lot of people prefer small businesses offering Individual service or set up their own business, working for themselves.  Whether you’re selling homemade cup cakes or starting your own e-company, you still need business skills. 

You will study a variety of entrepreneurs and learn about enterprise, business planning, monitoring performance leadership and teamwork.  You will gain knowledge of all financial aspects of running a business as well as how to get your products to market; how to price them, how to promote them and how to get paid.  It’s all here.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements – it is not essential that you have studied Business before.



Students’ work is evaluated through a combination of written examinations and internally assessed coursework.  The following units are studied during the two years; students produce 4 pieces of coursework and take 2 exams. 

Topics studied include Marketing/promotion, Human Resources (recruitment, management styles, motivation at work, Business Plans, Finance (cash flows, budgets, business plans, breakeven analysis) Structure & Organisation of business.

• Example Unit - Business Planning: You will be given the opportunity to produce a structured business plan for a new product or service suitable to present to an external lender, such as a bank.  Enterprise, team working and presentations are just some of the areas that are explored.

• Example of Unit - People in Business: You will study the roles and responsibilities of people in business and the qualities an employer looks for in its employees.  They will investigate the training and development opportunities available to individuals and why motivation is vital in retaining staff.  This unit gives students the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to carry out the activities associated with the recruitment process.

Future opportunities


This is a well-respected qualification from which students go on to University (previous pupils have gone on to take degrees in Marketing, Business Management, International Business, and Computer science) or careers in the Police, Retail, Banking, Leisure, Business, Human Resources or Customer Service. The qualification would suit students who enjoy or would like to develop, a more independent style of learning. This style of learning is good preparation of university/college.  

This A level in Applied Business compliments ALL other AS/A2 levels including ICT, English, Maths, Law, Psychology, D & T, Accounts & Geography.  The work involves researching a wide range of businesses and different aspects of organisations. Pupils have Internet access to carry out research as well as programs commonly used in business – Word, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint - to prepare business plans, reports, cash flows and presentations.

This qualification develops a range of transferable skills vital to success in the world of work including taking responsibility for one’s own learning, undertaking calculations, analysing & interpreting data, developing & supporting arguments, decision-making, research skills and identifying a problem and making recommendations.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Willmott School (JWS) directly.

Last updated date: 11 November 2014
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