Business Studies

Andy Newton
Andy Newton

WHAT IS BUSINESS STUDIES?

Business Studies will enable you to understand how and why business decisions are made. It covers many areas of managing a business including marketing, production, finance and human resources. It will introduce you to managing a business in a global context.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?

A-Level Business Studies will ensure you are effectively prepared for employment in any organisation and provide you with an understanding of how businesses operate. You will develop a range of transferable skills that will support your progression in higher education and employment.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM BUSINESS STUDIES?

You will develop your understanding of how and why business decisions are made and how businesses respond strategically to the changes they face and current issues that impact on business, such as the digital economy. The course also provides a focus on the current global issues that impact on businesses.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

You will complete two examinations at the end of each year.

WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

If you are interested in business and can see yourself one day working within a large organisation or indeed are interested in starting up and running your own business then this may well be the course for you.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A-LEVEL IN BUSINESS STUDIES?

Business Studies leads to a very wide variety of university courses, especially in areas such as business, economics, management, retailing, enterprise, finance, accountancy and administration. It is a very useful starting point for careers in the business world.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

  • 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

By taking a holistic approach to the subject, you will demonstrate the inter-related nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations. The content is designed to engage you through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society – you will study key contemporary developments such as digital chronology, business ethics, and globalisation. You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment. The question papers use a variety of assessment styles including multiple choice, short answer, data response, essay and case studies so that you feel more confident and engage with the questions. Real life case studies will be used wherever possible to make it easier for you to relate to and apply your knowledge and skills developed throughout the course.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THIS SUBJECT

Business studies students have the opportunity to participate in visits to businesses such as Jaguar Land Rover to develop your understanding of different business functions. You will also have the opportunity to compete in the Investor Challenge and the ICAEW BASE competition.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE grades at A* - C, or 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.