A Level Business Studies at Garth Hill College
Are you interested in what happens in the business world around us? Are you able to identify how one decision can have an impact on the whole business and its customers? Do you have a good understanding of maths? Then Business Studies could be the course for you!
Quotes from current students:
‘Business has made me passionate about my future.’ ‘I love Business. It is a great use of my time and the teachers are great’ ‘Business has helped me in my part time job at Waitrose.’
Content of the AS course
Unit 1: Planning and Financing a Business
You will look at the process of setting up a business, the finance associated with a new business idea, how to market a new product, how to produce these products and how to recruit and train staff needed to get a business up and running.
Unit 2: Managing a Business
You will look at the ways in which a business can be managed in the first few years in terms of the marketing, operations, human resources and finance.
Content of the A2 course
Unit 3: Strategies for Success
You will look at financial strategies to improve profits, strategies to take on the competition, operational strategies to improve products and for improving employee relations. These are the four cornerstones of a successful business
Unit 4: The Business Environment and Managing Change
You will learn how to understand the vision of a business, and how to deal with the impact of economic, cultural, political or technological changes on an organisation. The exam board will also release a research theme which much be investigated and used in the exam. This year’s theme is ‘Developments in emerging markets: China’
This course would be suitable for you if you demonstrate learning in examinations, have a good standard of written English and Maths. The entry requirements for this option are at least a C in GCSE English and at least a B in GCSE Maths. A GCSE in Business Studies would be beneficial but is not essential. You need to be able to work independently as well as in groups. You must be able to write extended essays as year 13 is assessed using 36-40 mark questions.
Unit 1 – Exam in the summer of year 12
Unit 2 – Exam in the summer of year 12
Unit 3 – Exam in the summer of year 13
Unit 4 – Exam in the summer of year 13
Unit 1 is worth 20% of your overall grade and lasts 75 minutes
Unit 2 is worth 30% of your overall grade and lasts 90 minutes
Unit 3 is worth 25% of your overall grade and lasts 105 minutes
Unit 4 is worth 25% of your overall grade and lasts 105 minutes
Business is Studies can be studies at university and it can be used practically in any future employment. It is particularly useful to have an understanding of business if you want to work part time in retail or any other customer service role alongside your sixth form studies.
Careers which would benefit from a back ground in Business include:
- Business owner
- Customer service
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Garth Hill College directly.