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Business Studies at The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College

Course description

You will be introduced to business through the building of knowledge of core business concepts and by applying this knowledge to a variety of contexts, for example, large/small, UK-focused/global, service/manufacturing, to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work.

The topics covered in this course lend themselves to studying and engaging with the business world. You will be encouraged to follow business developments and think critically about contemporary business issues. Most of the assessment material is based on real business situations. By examining and thinking critically about real business situations as you study the subject, you will gain an insight into different contexts which will help you to understand the key issues in any situation and enable you to develop strategic solutions.

AS Level
Introduces the challenges and issues of starting a business including financial planning and is assessed through two 1 hour 30 minute examinations.
It is recommended that students participate in the Year 12 Enterprise activities offered by the school to practically support their classroom experience.

A Level
The A level builds on the concepts studied at AS, however there is a shift to a more strategic focus as more global businesses provide the stimulus. Students are expected to be more analytical and evaluative in their approach as they build up a wider understanding of business theory in practice. The course is examined through three 2 hour examinations.

Year 13 students are offered AS Level IFS Certificate in Financial Studies as an enrichment opportunity.

To succeed in studying Business students do need to aware of what is happening in the wider world and are expected to be enthusiastic in keeping abreast of business stories; reading, watching and listening to the news as it develops is essential.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in Business Studies and in English and Mathematics. If this subject has not been studied previously, GCSE grade B in English and in Mathematics. Students should also have a genuine interest in the business world.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College directly.

Last updated date: 03 February 2015
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