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Business

Aims

To develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the core business concepts.  To recognise that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions. With the application to a wide range of contexts and complex business information you will begin to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.

What will I study?

All girls will have the opportunity to take AS and A2 in this subject.

The focus of both the AS and A Level courses is on the main functional areas found within most business organisations. You will be introduced to the market and explore marketing and people functions, as well as investigating entrepreneurs and business start-ups. You will also explore the finance and operations functions and investigate influences on business. The A Level moves from functions to strategy with students assessing the cause and effects of change and how businesses mitigate risk and uncertainty. With a focus on the global business environment, you will investigate the reasons for trading overseas and also consider the ethical and moral dimensions of global business activities.

The Edexcel Business Specification promotes a holistic understanding of business, encouraging analytical skills, critical approaches and methods of enquiry. The inclusion of international business equips students with the knowledge and understanding to either work in or manage a business in an international context. 

How will I be assessed?

For the AS award you will be assessed through two written data response-based examinations. For each paper the main focus will be on the concepts covered in each theme: Theme 1 Marketing and People, and Theme 2 Managing Business Activities. However, on both papers there will be one question that will require you to make connections between the two Themes.

For the A Level award there will also be two data response-based examinations. Paper One will assess marketing, people and global businesses using local, national and global contexts. Paper Two will assess business finance, operations, business decisions and strategy, whilst Paper Three will be based on a pre-released context document which students will have researched prior to the examination.

Desirable requirements

Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business. The course includes decision making: the ability to select, analyse and evaluate data in order to reach the most effective decision.  You need to have numerical skills and the ability to present a structured argument objectively and articulately. A willingness to contribute to the frequent class discussions is also important.

How will I study?

Work will be completed independently and in groups and there is a requirement to play an active role in class discussions.  You will also make use of a wide range of material on current business affairs as presented in newspapers, journals, television and radio, including the use of Library resources.

Where will it lead?

Business is regarded as a sound base from which to proceed to more or less any degree, but particularly those in the business and management sphere, and it is also highly respected as a starting point for many professions/careers.

 

“Choosing Business was a great decision as it complements my other subjects of Economics and Geography. I would recommend this subject to anyone as it applies outside knowledge to the subject and will be useful for everyday life.  I find it thoroughly interesting to learn about the different techniques a business uses to make you want to buy their products over those of their competitors and how quickly a person can become loyal to a brand such as Apple. It is also interesting to see how a comment by a single person such as Theresa May, can have an overwhelming effect on a business, which could happen overnight. It is definitely a subject I wish to pursue at university as it holds many opportunities for a career in the future.“
Olivia