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Business Studies – A Level

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE English at grade B or above.

Description of the subject

This course is particularly suitable for any student with an enquiring and analytical mind who takes a keen interest in the way the wider economy and the dynamic business world operates.

Students 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. You will study business in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/ small; UK/global; service/manufacturing) and consider:

  • The importance of the context of business in relation to decision making
  • The interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness
  • The competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate
  • The influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental influences
  • The factors that might determine whether a decision is successful (e.g. quality of data and degree of uncertainty)
  • How technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete
  • The impact of stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions
  • Use of non-qualitative and quantitative data in decision making (including interpretation of index numbers and calculations such as ratios and percentages)

What you will do

Paper 1: Business 1 + Paper 2: Business 2
What’s assessed

1-6 and above

What’s assessed

1-6 and above

Assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks in total
  • 50% of AS
Assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks in total
  • 50% of AS
Questions

Three compulsory sections:

  • Section A has 10 multiple choice questions worth 10 marks
  • Section B has short answer questions worth approximately 20 marks
  • Section C has two data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 25 marks
QuestionsOne compulsory case study consisting of approximately seven questions
Paper 1: Business 1 + Paper 2: Business 2 + Paper 3: Business 3
What’s assessed

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What’s assessed

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  What’s assessed

All content above

Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-Level
Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-Level
  Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-Level
Questions

Three compulsory sections:

  • Section A has 15 multiple choice questions worth 15 marks
  • Section B has short answer questions worth approximately 35 marks
  • Sections C and D have two essay questions worth approximately 25 marks
Questions

Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

  Questions

One compulsory case study followed  by  approximately six questions

Before the qualification can be awarded, students must undertake all of the assessments above.

Future prospects

Careers in Business (Marketing, Operations, Finance or Human Resources) and the opportunity to set up your own small private enterprise.

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Business Studies - BTEC Level 3

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C.

Description of the subject

This is a vocationally related qualification. It provides knowledge of business activity and helps to develop skills commonly required in business organisations. Students will complete 13 units over two years. The qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, at A – C therefore successful students will obtain a triple award (e.g. PPP, MMM, DDD, DDD*).

What you will do

This course consists of 13 units in total and is equivalent to three A-levels. Grading system is Pass, Merit, and Distinction; there are 7 mandatory units and 6 optional.

Mandatory units are as follows (*= exam assessed units):

  1. Exploring Business
  2. Developing a Marketing Campaign*
  3. Personal and Business Finance*
  4. Managing an Event
  5. International Business
  6. Principles of Management*
  7. Business Decision Making (synoptic)*

Optional units:

  1. Recruitment and selection process
  2. Team building in Business
  3. Investigating Customer Service
  4. Creative Promotion
  5. Pitching for a new Business
  6. Market Research

Future prospects

Higher Education in business or management.

Accountancy, Business Finance, Law, Retail. There are many organisations seeking to employ people with business knowledge and skills. Insight into setting up your own small private enterprise.

Financial Studies – BTEC Level 3

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C.

Description of the subject

This is a vocational related qualification. The specification has a core of four units which focus on financial services for individuals and businesses. Learners will appreciate how to organise their own finances in future stages of their lives. The specialist units will look at the national and global economy whilst those on the Career Academy (see below) will practise units preparing and learning for employment.

Students have the opportunity to work with employers in the business world on the Career Academy. For example; Barclays Capital, Citi Group and BP. This also includes sitting the Diploma in Financial Studies. This is a two – year course, which is equivalent to one A Level. It includes six units of work to obtain the full qualification. Grades awarded are Pass (E), Merit (C), Distinction (A) or Distinction* (A*).

What you will do

Students are required to study four units all f which are 100% examination assessed:

  • Unit 1- Financial Capability in the Immediate and Short Term
  • Unit 2- Financial Capability in the Medium and Long Term
  • Unit 3- Sustainability of an Individual’s Finances
  • Unit 4- Sustainability of the Financial Services System

Future prospects

Accountancy, Business Finance, Law, Retail, Higher Education in business or management

There are many organisations seeking to employ people with business knowledge and skills.

This course is carried out in conjunction with UCL and The Institute of Financial Studies