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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Business Studies A Level

BUSINESS  

Exam board: Edexcel

Why study this subject:

A level Business will prepare students for the world of work and enterprise and is an excellent basis for a career or a university degree in Business, Finance, Economics or social science.  It will provide an exciting insight into the dynamic world of business, giving the basic skills necessary to produce a business plan and manage a company. You will learn that every business decision has financial implications and you will be taught how to calculate profit and analyse a firm’s accounts.

Entry requirements: 

Grade B  in GCSE Business, grade 5 in Maths and English GCSE.

Syllabus: 

Theme 1 -  Marketing and People       Theme 3 – Business Decisions and Strategy

· Meeting customer needs       Business objectives and strategy

· The market                            Business growth

· Marketing mix and strategy  Decision making techniques

· Managing people                  Influences on business decisions

· Entrepreneurs                        Assessing competitiveness

                                                Managing change

Theme 2 – Managing Business Activity      Theme 4 – Global Business

· Raising finance                      Globalisation

· Financial planning                 Global markets and business expansion

· Managing finance                  Global marketing

· Resource management          Global industries and companies

How will I be assessed:

All themes are assessed through 3 exams at the end of the 2 year course. The exam papers are a mixture of short and long questions based on case studies and data response questions.  Mathematics skills are important.

Future Careers:

A level Business teaches students how to set up and run a business and the impact of globalisation and it addresses the skills and knowledge required.  These transferrable skills will be very useful for any career choice but will be particularly useful if you want to work in an office, be a manager or run your own business in the future.