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Business Studies - AS / A level at Ipswich School

Course description

What went wrong at Marks and Spencer, The Big Banks?
What went right at Tesco, Google, Dyson?
What is marketing and why are some companies better at it than others?
How and why do you motivate people?
Are business leaders born or can people be trained to become leaders?
What legal and ethical issues do businesses need to address?

There is a great deal of interest in questions of this type. Many students are interested in a business career or even at some point in setting up their own businesses. Many will go on to study management and business courses at university. Others simply want a stimulating and challenging course that has relevance to everyday life, but all students will use management, organisation and budgetary skills whatever job they choose.

Course content

Whilst the focus of the course is on a problem solving, decision making and communication you will develop a critical understanding of the main functional areas of business behaviour and the social, legal, economic, political and technological context within which firms operate.
The emphasis in class is to give you a firm grasp of business principals to real-life issues. This will involve case study, data response, essays and visits to local companies. Working in the Economics and Business suite you will experience a variety of teaching and learning styles, including role-play and business simulations as well as more conventional class discussions, exercises and note taking.

This real world orientation provides much of the natural interest and excitement. You will also develop a range of key inter-personal skills that are increasingly sought by universities and employers. Make no mistake, the course will be hard work but very enjoyable and very beneficial.
The AS is examined in Year 12 through two modules covering the following areas:

1. Marketing, Accounting and Finance

2. People in Organisations and Operations Management

3. Starting a Business and Financial Planning

The A2 is examined in Year 13 through two further modules that will cover:

1. Decision making related to Marketing, Accounting, People in Organisations and Operations Management

2. Report and Analysis of a Business Situation and essay question

3. Synoptic work relating to External Influences, Objectives and Strategy based on a Case Study

All modules are examined by written papers.

Entry requirements

There are no previous requirements. Students do not need to have studied the subject at GCSE level, but they must bring enthusiasm and determination to the classroom.

Business Studies combines well with all subjects; particularly good choices are with languages, sciences and technical studies. It also is complemented by participation in the International Leadership Programme.

Further information

All of this will give you a fascinating overview of the business environment and, together with the visits and business professionals with whom you work, will help you decide on your own career direction for the future.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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