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Business Studies at Richard Hale School

Course description

Exam Body: AQA

What students can expect of the course

  • Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of how business operates and factors that enable its success. Industrial visits may be organised to allow students to experience business first hand to enhance their appreciation of the subject.
  • Students should be interested not only in learning knowledge and gaining an understanding of business theories and concepts, but also in asking questions and being prepared to carry out field and desk research to find the answers.
  • Students will be required to read quality newspapers, to watch television, and to use information technology.

  • Course content

    AS 1 40% (20%)

    Examination of 1 hour 15 minutes

    Short answer questions and extended responses based on a mini case study

    Unit 1: Planning and Financing a Business (BUS1)

    What is needed to be successful in business and how new or existing businesses generate their product or service ideas and test them through market research. This unit looks at competition in the market; the economic climate; how the business might be financed and how much revenue the idea might generate

    AS 2 60% (30%)

    Examination of 1 hour 30 minutes

    Short answer questions and extended responses based on a mini case study

    Unit 2: Managing a Business (BUS2)

    Key activities which students may be involved in if they were to set up and/or manage a business whether small, medium-sized or large, including finance, people, operations management and marketing. It also introduces students to some basic management tools and models which will be developed in the A2 qualifications

    A2 1 25%

    Examination of 1 hour 45 minutes

    Questions requiring extended answers drawing upon AS materials. The focus will be on measuring business performance and assessing appropriate functional strategies to achieve success.

    Unit 3: Strategies for Success (BUS3)

    Students will assess the current competitiveness of a business through performance and non performance indicators. They will analyse corporate objectives and strategy on the basis of these indicators and on external influences to the business. Students will be required to assess the causes and effects of change on a business and examine how the company could manage risk effectively. In addition students will need to analyse given data to assess the performance of the business

    A2 2 25%

    Examination of 1 hour 45 minutes

    Section A: questions based upon prior research

    Section B: will be a choice of essay titles from which the candidate will select one. This will be a synoptic paper and will draw on all of the specification

    Unit 4: The Business Environment and Change (BUS4)

    In this unit, students will be able to assess the current competitiveness of a business through performance and non performance indicators. They will analyse corporate objectives and strategy on the basis of these indicators and assess change in the business environment. Finally students will need to analyse the causes and effects of change on a business and examine how the company could manage risk effectively.

    Entry requirements

    No prior subject knowledge is required. However students who have not previously studied Business Studies must anticipate a steep learning curve in the first half term!

    Assessment

    See above for details.

    How to apply

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

    Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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