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Business Studies at Gunnersbury Catholic School

Course description

You may not have studied any business-related subjects before, but that does not matter! What is much more important is that you want to know how to succeed in setting up and running a business. There are many reasons why people want to set up businesses -- perhaps they want to make money for themselves or their family or they want to contribute something special to the life of their community.

This course is suitable if you:

  • prefer examinations to coursework
  • are prepared to take an interest in current national news and international business new
  • want to learn how to analyse information effectively and suggest solutions to real business problems
  • enjoy analysing and presenting the merits of alternative courses of action
  • want to gain a background in business to enable you to gain a future management position in any organisation.

Course content

Unit 1: Developing New Business Ideas covers the thinking and activities that entrepreneurs and existing businesses undertake when developing and researching new business ideas.

Unit 2: Managing the Business covers the activities that an entrepreneur, or existing business, may be involved in when managing their business, such as promoting a new business idea, deciding how much stock of a new product the business will have, how many staff will be needed and how much money they will need to finance the new business idea.

Unit 3: International Business introduces you to what businesses need to consider if they were to trade internationally, such as which countries to sell their product in, and why some companies sell their products worldwide.

Unit 4a: Making Business Decisions should enable you to assess the current competitiveness of a business using various indicators. You will look at the causes and effects of change on a business and how a company can manage risk effectively. Throughout the course you will develop a clear and concise style of writing, the type used in business, enabling you to communicate effectively about business-related issues. You will also learn how to analyse and interpret figures relating to money, this is a crucial part of running a business successfully.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required at least 5 GCSE passes at grade C or better PLUS grade B in GCSE Business Studies or grade B in either GCSE English Language or Maths.

Assessment

AS Units:

Unit 1
Developing New Business Ideas - Examination length: 1 hour 15 minutes. Supported multiple-choice questions where students write a short justification of why they chose that answer and/or why the other answers are incorrect. 32 marks. Questions based on data: 38 marks.

Unit 2a
Managing the Business - Examination length: 1 hour 15 minutes
Supported multiple choice questions worth 24 marks. Questions based on data: 46 marks.

A2 Units:

Unit 3
International Business - Examination length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Questions based on data: 35 marks. Case study and questions: 45 marks (the case study is not pre-released).

Unit 4a
Making Business Decisions - Examination length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Questions based on data: 30 marks. Decision making report and questions: 50 marks (the context of the decision-making report is pre-released).

Future opportunities

The course provides a solid foundation for studies at a higher level in the following subject areas:

  • business management
  • business administration
  • accountancy and finance
  • human resource management
  • marketing
  • retail management
  • tourism management
  • international business

It can also lead on to a career in the commercial world, for example in banking, sales, product management or general management. Business and management skills are also desirable in public sector organisations or charities.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gunnersbury Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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