A Level Business Studies at JCoSS
Business Studies is the analysis of decision-making against a background of risk. We look at how business leaders take decisions in the areas of marketing, finance, human resources and production. We investigate the concept of leadership and we consider the factors which lead to business success and those which lead to failure. The subject is certainly a good choice for anyone interested in a business career but other students will also benefit from it. Most, if not all of us, will work in or for organisations and this subject affords students an understanding of how teams and organisations are managed.
Theme 1: Marketing and People
This is the study of the marketing mix, meeting customer needs, analysing the market, managing people and what makes a good entrepreneur and what makes an effective leader.
Theme 2: Managing Business Activities
Students learn about how finance is raised, financial planning and management, resource management and the external influences on business.
Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy
Students learn about the formation of objectives and strategy. The way decisions are taken and the influences on decisions. Also included is the study of the ways businesses grow, ways to assess competitiveness and the ways in which change is managed.
Theme 4: Global Business
This theme explores the impact of globalisation and the ways in which businesses can expand and market themselves overseas. It also covers the study of multinationals.
To be accepted onto the course students need at least a B grade at GCSE in Maths and B in English. Students need to be thoughtful and prepared to participate in discussion. An interest in the world of business is essential. Keeping up-to-date with developments in business news is also highly recommended. A clear written style is important and this subject should help students develop skills in data-analysis as well as essay writing.
AS Business Studies
Paper 1: Marketing and People
Will be a 1 hour and 30 minute exam worth 50% of the final AS grade. It covers themes 1 and 2 and comprises two data questions and an essay.
Paper 2: Managing Business Activities
Will be a 1 hour and 30 minute exam worth 50% of the final AS grade. It covers both themes 1 and 2 and comprises two data questions and an essay question.
A-Level Business Studies
Paper 1: Marketing, People and Global Businesses
Will be a 2 hour written examination worth 35% of the final grade. It covers Themes 1 and 4. It will include one data response question and one extended open-response essay question.
Paper 2: Business Activities, Decisions and Strategy
Will be a 2-hour written examination worth 35% of the final grade. It will cover Themes 2 and 3. It will include one data response questions and one extended open-response essay question.
Paper 3: Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment
Will be a 2-hour written examination worth 30% of the final grade. It will cover material from all four themes and will be based on a pre-released context document from the exam board. It will include one data response question and one extended open-response essay question.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact JCoSS directly.