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Business A Level at Monkwearmouth Sixth Form College

Course description

Could you turn an idea into a multi-million pound business? Could you be the next CEO of a multinational company? In the fast-paced world of business, anything is possible.

Having a good idea about how businesses work will put you at an advantage in your future career plans. Business Studies A-level is an excellent preparation for the world of work and for a wide range of university degree courses

Aimed at anyone who wishes to develop an understanding of business operations, this course will help you to appreciate how and why business decisions are made and how they affect a variety of people – both within the business and externally. You will study internal business function areas such as Finance, Marketing, Production and Human Resources, as well as external factors such as Law, Economics and Politics. It is an exciting course, which will give you an insight into the world of business and current affairs.

The course will provide you with key life skills and encourages learners to:

  • develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value
  • be aware that business behaviour can be studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders
  • acquire a range of skills including decision-making and problem-solving
  • be aware of the current structure of business and business practice.
  • develop their ability to acquire a range of important and transferable skills including data skills, presenting arguments, making judgments and conducting research.

No matter what you do in the future, you will work in a business organisation and an A Level in Business will help you.

Course content

Year 12

Students in Year 12 follow the EDEXCEL A Level Business syllabus

http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Business%20Studies/2015/specification-and-sample-assessment-materials/9781446914694_GCE2015_A_BUS_WEB.PDF

All components of the syllabus are examined at the end of the two year programme

Students are introduced to core business concepts and develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Before they consider the decision-making tools that help business people move towards a more scientific approach to management.

During the first year of study, learners will cover the following:

 

Content of exam

Total percentage of qualification

Total of marks

Theme 1:

Marketing and people

 

 

 

Length of exam:

 

2 hours

Paper 1

Marketing, people and global businesses

Questions drawn from Theme 1 and Theme 4

 

Section A: one data response question,

including one extended open-response

question

 

Section B: one data response question,

including one extended open-response

question

35%

100 marks

Theme 2: Methods of Sociological Enquiry

 

Length of exam:

 

2 hours

Paper 2

Business activities, decisions and strategy

Questions drawn from Theme 2 and Theme 3

Section A: one data response question,

including one extended open-response

question

 

Section B: one data response question,

including one extended open-response

question

35%

100 marks

Year 13

Students in Year 13 also follow the EDEXCEL A Level Business syllabus. Learners will continue to study the following components:

 

Content of exam

Total percentage of qualification

Total of marks

Theme 3

Business decisions and strategy

Length of exam:

 

2 hours

Paper 2 continued….

Business activities, decisions and strategy

Questions drawn from Theme 2 and Theme 3

Section A: one data response question,

including one extended open-response

question

 

Section B: one data response question,

including one extended open-response

question

35%

100 marks

Theme 4

Global business

 

 

Length of exam:

 

2 hours

Paper 1 continued…

Marketing, people and global businesses

Questions drawn from Theme 1 and Theme 4

 

Section A: one data response question,

including one extended open-response

question

 

Section B: one data response question,

including one extended open-response

question

35%

100 marks

All four themes

 

Length of exam:

 

2 hours

Paper 3

Investigating business in a competitive environment

Questions drawn from all themes

 

Two data response questions broken down into a number of parts, each including one extended

open-response question.

 

This paper has a pre-released context to enable students to investigate an industry or market in

which businesses operate.

30%

100 marks

Entry requirements

To complete the full A-level programme, learners must have 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) grade 5 or above. More specifically for business, learners must have GCSE English or Maths at grade 6 or higher. Should you still wish to be considered with a Grade 5, you should request an interview with the course leader Mr Grummett (mgr@mwacademy.co.uk).

Assessment

All components of the course are examined at the end of the two year programme (see the tables above). Learners will be informally assessed throughout the course also through classroom activities as well as homework.

A-level study places a greater emphasis on individuals becoming independent learners. Learners will need to take responsibility for their own learning by coming prepared to class. In addition, to class study, they should be prepared to study for a minimum of 5 additional hours per week, and should expect to be set independent work (or homework) each week.

Future opportunities

This A-level subject is accepted as an entrance qualification for a wide variety of courses in higher education, especially in Business Studies, Banking, Accountancy, Retail Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Finance and Production Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Monkwearmouth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 21 February 2018
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  • Start date: Next September

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