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Business Double Award A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description


Unit 1: Investigating Business
Students look at how a business meets its aims and objectives by using marketing, enterprise and teamwork. They visit a business early in the course and apply theory to the ‘real world’.
Assessment: Coursework

Unit 2: People in Business
Again with the advice of local business experts, students consider roles and responsibilities, recruitment and selection, and training and development.
Assessment: Coursework

Unit 3: Financial Planning and Monitoring
A more traditional unit of work that involves learning to apply the basic tools of financial management to business scenarios. Pre-release material arrives and is studied several weeks prior to the exam.
Assessment: External examination

Unit 4: Meeting Customer Needs
Students explore the different types of customer that a business deals with and how their needs are met regarding the quality of products and after-sales service. Students use ICT to learn how customer satisfaction is monitored and feedback gained. Local business speakers also contribute their experiences to this unit of work.
Assessment: External examination

Unit 5: Business and Communication Information Systems
ICT software is essential for providing clear communication in business and this is the focus of this unit of work. All students need to have a good working knowledge of ICT applications and how they can be most effectively used in aiding communication.
Assessment: External examination

Unit 7: Career Planning
This unit ties in well with work that students are also doing in relation to careers and university admissions. It encourages students to identify their own strengths and weaknesses and to marry these to the opportunities (employment and further study) that exist beyond school.
Assessment: Coursework


Unit 8: Business Planning
All students follow this unit, in which a business plan is prepared for a hypothetical business of their choice. This is an essential skill for those hoping to own and run a business of their own one day.

Other units are selected taking into account the individual skills of the group.

Entry requirements

A good standard of English and Maths is required (grade C is preferred in both subjects). If GCSE Business Studies has been taken, then at least a grade C is required.


Since the course is assessed partly by coursework (50%), students are continually building up a picture of how they are performing. This helps them to plan their next move with a degree of certainty.

Future opportunities

Our students go on to follow a wide range of courses at university, including Business, Economics, Law and Geography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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