Business Studies

A Level

COURSE OVERVIEW

Year 1

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance

Year 2

In year 2 we will revisit the topics we learned in year 1 in more depth but will also introduce the topics below:

  • Financial and non-financial analysis of the position of a business
  • Understanding business in the wider external environment
  • Strategic analysis of current and future business direction
  • Managing change

Curriculum:

As a student of Business Studies A Level, you will take a look behind the scenes at what is involved in running a successful business in today’s global economy. We examine all aspects of the business world, developing a wide knowledge of the challenges faced in business and the strategies used by successful modern organisations. You will be trained to examine business situations critically, using a wide range of theories and models, from portfolio analysis of a business’ products to investment appraisal of future plans. You will learn to analyse the problem and identify the best strategy for the company to pursue. By the end of Year 12 business students have a good overview of the forces shaping modern business and how you, as a student of business, would respond to this. In Year 13 you explore these issues in much greater detail, developing a more critical understanding of the factors affecting competitiveness and decision making in business. By the end of the course you will have gained a thorough grasp of the tools and techniques used by managers to aid decision making, but also a longer term strategic perspective to see the bigger picture and make more sophisticated judgements. This course gives you the skills and understanding to make a significant contribution to the success of any competitive organisation, whether in the private or public sector, with a thorough understanding of business processes and the insight to see how it all fits together!

Progression

Many students go on to study BSc/BA Hons degrees in the huge range of business and management courses available with increasing numbers securing places on Higher Apprenticeships with prestigious employers.

Careers

Accountants; marketing or recruitment specialists; financial advisors; project managers or business management positions in a variety of areas and industries.

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in English and Maths. Also either GCSE Business Studies Grade 5 or Distinction at Level 2 BTEC Business would be an advantage.

Assessment

Three externally assessed exams at the end of year 2.

Opportunities for work related activities

BASE competition run by the ICAEW and LIBF Student Investor Challenge.