Mrs C Thomas
Head of Department & BTEC Quality Nominee
|Mr L Sumner||Teacher of Business|
|Mr M Ebenezer||Head of Economics and Teacher of 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.
Students will be studying the AQA syllabus.
• 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
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.
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
Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions
One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions
• Inter school 'Apprentice Challenge'
Minimum of grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics and grade 5 in English Literature or English Language.