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Applied Business A Level at Blyth Academy

Course description

In Year 12 you will cover the following units of study:

Unit 1 – Investigating Business – you explore the aims and objectives of businesses, the needs of their customers and how they are met. You investigate how businesses deal with competion from other businesses and how external factors, such as changing social values, can affect the business. You will then look at the meaning of enterprise and why individuals and teams are vital to the success of the business.

Unit 2 – People in Business – you study the roles and responsibilities of people in business, such as the qualities an employer looks for in its employees and the training and development opportunities available to individuals. This unit gives you an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to carry out the activities associated with the recruitment process.

Unit 3 – Financial Planning and Monitoring – you learn how to calculate business costs, revenues and profits, and how managers use the information in decision making. You will investigate the ways in which businesses plan their finances by, for example, drawing cash flow forecasts or budgets, and how businesses use this data to monitor the performance of the organisation.

In Year 13 you will cover the following units of study:

Unit 8 – Business Planning – you will be given the opportunity to produce a business plan for a new product or service and to apply the skills and knowledge learnt through other units.

Unit 10 – Promotional Activities – you will look at how promotional activities, such as advertising and personal selling, are carried out by profit and not‐for‐profit businesses. You will investigate how businesses combine promotional activities into a promotional mix and how this choice is vital to the success of the promotional campaign.

Unit 15 – Financial Accounts for Managers – you will learn to understand the fundamental accounting concepts and terminology that is used in accounting. You will be required to construct financial statements in order to analyse how well the business is performing in relation to the business’s ability to pay its debts, make profits and operate efficiently.

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

Students are expected to achieve a B grade in GCSE Science and a C grade in English.


Assessment: You will complete coursework for Units 1, 2, 8, 10 which will account for two thirds of your final grade. The other Units are assessed by examinations, Unit 3 is a one hour examination with a pre‐released case study and Unit 15 is a one hour thirty minute examination.

Future opportunities

Progression through Advanced Level will provide a suitable basis for further study in related subjects in Higher Education as well as a valuable preparation for careers in any area of business. Alternatively, many of our successful Advanced Level Business students have gone on to follow the Higher Apprenticeship in Business, Administration and Law at Proctor and Gamble in Newcastle upon Tyne. One of our former students received the Virgin Media Award for Higher Apprentice of the Year for the North East in 2012.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blyth Academy directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years