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Business Studies A Level at Ripley St Thomas CE Academy

Course description

In  A  Level  Business  we  aim  to  investigate  the  questions of  what  products  are  produced,  why  and  how  they  are  produced,  and  by  whom.  At  Ripley  we  make  substantial  reference to the real world in order to make Business as
relevant  as  possible  to  students’  own  experiences  and  future careers.

The   course   has   been   designed   to   engage   students through  topics  and  issues  that  are  relevant  to  today’s  society- you will study key contemporary
developments  such  as  digital  technology  and  business  ethics. Globalisation is covered throughout.

You  will  analyse  all  aspects  of  what  makes  business  succeed  (and  fail!)  
from  advertising  to  accounts  and  from  marketing  to  management. The    course    encourages    students    to    question    the    policies   and   strategies   that   firms   adopt,   and   helps them  to  understand  the  wider  economic  and  business  environment in which firms operate.

Course content

What is business?

• Managers, leadership and decision making
• Decision making to improve marketing performance
• Decision making to improve operational performance
• Decision making to improve financial performance
• Decision making to improve human resource performance
• Analysing the strategic position of a business
• Choosing strategic direction
• Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
• Managing strategic change

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs - Grade C including English Language and/or Maths. GCSE Business
Studies or Applied Business is not essential.


Paper  1; a  combination  of  multiple  choice,  short  answer  and  two  essay  
Paper 2: three data response compulsory questions, each made up of three
or four part questions.
Paper 3: one compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions.

Future opportunities

This  A  Level  offers  the  ideal  opportunity  to  learn  the academic   and   practical   aspects   of   business   whilst   developing wider skills in a number of areas. In addition to more traditional lessons you will therefore be offered the  opportunity  to  be  involved  in  a  range  of  activities  which  are  designed  to  help  you  understand  the  basics of   business   whilst   developing   skills   such   as   team-working,  presentation  technique,  report-writing,  time-management and research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ripley St Thomas CE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 August 2016
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