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St Peter's
Catholic School

Business Studies

Mrs C Thomas

Head of Department & BTEC Quality Nominee

THE TEAM
Mr M Ebenezer Teacher of Economics and Business
Mrs C Nwana Teacher of Economics and Business
INTRODUCTION TO THE DEPARTMENT

In the Business and Vocational Education Department, we aim to tailor to the individual learning needs. With a varied number of courses and styles of learning we aim to match the student’s skills, abilities academic and professional targets to the courses they choose.

WHY STUDY BUSINESS STUDIES?

Business Studies will enable you to develop critical understanding of organisations, behaviour and the process of decision making. You will develop the ability to organise information, ideas and arguments clearly and logically through case studies.

FUTURE ACADEMIC AND CAREER PATHWAYS

Possible career choices with A Level Business Studies include management, marketing, finance, accounting, banking, retailing, manufacturing and government.

COURSE CONTENT

Students will be studying the AQA syllabus.

Year 12

• 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

Year 13

• Analysing the strategic position of a business

• Choosing strategic direction

• Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

• Managing strategic change

The 10-unit content requires students to develop their ability to acquire a range of important and transferable skills including data, numerical, analytical and evaluative. They will be required to research and make judgements on their findings.

The content covers the four main functional areas of business: human resource management, finance, marketing and operations in the context of the external environment and the factors that influence it.

ASSESSMENT

Paper 1

Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks

Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks

Section C has two essay questions (choice of one from two) worth 25 marks

Section D has two essay questions (choice of one from two) worth 25 marks

Paper 2

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

Paper 3

One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions

EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

All business students are encouraged to join the International Young Enterprise Company programme and our in-house virtual stock market.

Students will attend revision conferences hosted by tutor2u

Students are invited to participate in an educational visit to New York in Year 12

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and grade 5 in English Language.