Business Studies

A Level

This course is for anyone with an interest in how businesses operate. As consumers, we should all know the way businesses produce and supply goods and services that we all use. You may be interested in running your own business in the future and this course provides a solid foundation for such a venture. You may wish to pursue a career in business management and there are many well-known organisations in retail and manufacturing which offer training programmes leading to recognised qualifications. You may wish to study a business-related course at university and A Level business would be a valuable entry qualification.

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AQA

THE BUSINESS DEPARTMENT AT WYKE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

A number of students accompany Business with one or both of Accounts and Economics. Business has specialist classrooms both equipped with interactive whiteboards and conducive to group tasks and problem solving. The course will develop your Maths, English and Business skills. These are essential and are tested throughout the course and in the final exams. You will be supported in your studies by specialist business staff who have many years of teaching and examining experience between them.

COURSE DETAILS

The course content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society – they will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology, business ethics and globalisation.

Topics covered in AQA Business Studies:
• 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
• Analysing the strategic position of a business
• Choosing strategic direction
• Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
• Managing strategic change

ASSESSMENT

The A Level is assessed by 3 written exam papers:

Paper 1
2 hours, 33.3% of A Level weighting
Three compulsory sections:
Section A: 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs), worth 15 marks.
Section B: short answer questions worth 35 marks.
Section C: 2 essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two), each worth 25 marks.

Paper 2
2 hours, 33.3% of A Level weighting
Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

Paper 3
2 hours, 33.3% of A Level weighting
One compulsory case study.

HOW THE COURSE IS DELIVERED

The A Level course is delivered over 2 academic years. Students will receive 4 hours 40 minutes of lessons per week, although they are also expected to complete work independently outside of lessons. Each group is taught by one teacher and the focus within lessons will be very much upon applying the concepts taught within the classroom to accounting based problems. This will be backed up by thorough and regular classroom based assessment.

DEPARTMENTAL ENRICHMENT

In studying A Level Business it is very important to gain as wide an experience of business in action as you can. The Business team, alongside other subjects in the department, believe that we should open students up to a wide a range of enrichment activities designed to further your appreciation of the subject.An overseas trip to New York is offered specialising in Business, Accounts and Economics. The trip will focus on the financial,
economic and legal structures that make up the bustling city. Students will be given an amazing opportunity to learn more about the city and its culture whilst exploring some of the most famous streets in the world. The trip is open to students studying; A Level Law, BTEC Law, Criminology, A Level Business, BTEC Business, Accounting, Economics and Biology.

WHAT DOES THIS COURSE LEAD TO?

A Level Business can lead to a wide range of career options as the course will develop your skills of analysis and problem solving. Students who go on to study Business at university often chose to specialise in Marketing, Finance, IT or Human Resources. Having an A Level in Business will put you in great stead for a huge range of careers, as it is a great qualification to have. Our students progress to enjoy careers in numerous professions including marketing and advertising, retail management, public relations, teaching, recruitment, sales and distribution.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP PREPARE ME FOR THE COURSE?

The start of A Level Business can be challenging, the course is about gaining a broad understanding of business and being able to study selected areas in more depth. Taking an interest in the news and current affairs by watching the news and reading the newspapers will aid the transition from GCSE. Students also find watching TV programmes on current affairs and entrepreneurial programmes like Dragons Den and the Apprentice as well as regularly reading the business section of a quality newspaper or BBC news on social media acts as an introduction to the world of business.

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