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Business at Holyhead

Course description

Course Overview

Business Studies will not make you a millionaire by the time you are 21. It will, however, provide an exciting insight into the dynamic world of business, giving the basic skills necessary to produce a business plan, and manage a company. You will learn the importance of marketing, how to identify, target and satisfy customer requirements, and how to motivate people, in order to maximise their output.

You will learn that every business decision has financial implications, and you will be taught how to calculate profit, forecast cash flow and analyse a firm’s published accounts. Apart from learning the theoretical aspects of business, examining case studies encourages students to use their initiative in problem-solving and gives rise to lively class discussions.

Skills Needed

The ability to write an extended essay from a range of perspectives is essential for examination success. Decision making, problem solving, the challenging of assumptions, and critical analysis. The ability to apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts.

Course content

Year 1

Theme 1 - Marketing and people meeting customer needs, marketing mix and strategy, managing people, entrepreneurs and leaders

Theme 2 - Managing business activities raising finance, financial planning, managing finance, resource management, external influences

Year 2
 
Theme 3 - Business decisions and strategy business objectives and strategy, business growth, decision-making techniques, influences on business decisions, assessing competitiveness, managing change
 
Theme 4 - Global business globalisation, global markets and business expansion, global marketing, global industries and companies

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths.

GCSE Grade B in Business if studied previously.

Assessment

Year 1

Paper 1 - Marketing and people. The paper comprises of three sections, sections A and B each comprise of one data response question broken down into a number of parts, section C comprises of one extended open response question.

Paper 2 - Managing business activities The paper comprises of three sections, sections A and B each comprise of one data response question broken down into a number of parts, section C comprises of one extended open response question.

Year 2

 
Paper 1 - Marketing, people and global businmesses (35%)
 
The paper has two sections, sections A and B each comprise of one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question
 
Paper 2 - Business activities, decisions and strategy (35%)
 
The paper has two sections, sections A and B each comprise of one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question
 
Paper 3 - Investigating business in a competitive environment (30%)
 
This paper has two sections, sections A and B each comprise of one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question.
 
 

Further information

Enrichment Opportunities

There are opportunties to attend Master classes and ‘Taster Days’ at local universities. Students take part in a nationwide competition “The Eureka Challenge” which is hosted at Birmingham University.

A variety of visits to JLR, Coca-Cola and other local businesses are used to complement the delivery of the topics. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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