Business is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers. Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.
Within Theme 1 students gain a knowledge of how businesses identify opportunities and to explore how businesses focus on developing a competitive advantage through interacting with customers. Students develop an understanding of how businesses need to adapt their marketing to operate in a dynamic business environment. This theme also considers people, exploring how businesses recruit, train, organise and motivate employees, as well as the role of enterprising individuals and leaders.
Theme 2 enables students to develop an understanding of raising and managing finance and measuring business performance. The theme outlines the importance of using resources efficiently within a business to ensure that goods or services can be delivered effectively and efficiently, and to a high quality
Theme 3 moves from functions to strategy, enabling students to develop their understanding of the core concepts and to take a strategic view of business opportunities and issues. Students analyse corporate objectives and strategy against financial and non-financial performance measures and how businesses grow and develop an understanding of the impact of external influences.
In Theme 4 students investigate businesses that trade on a global scale and explore their reasons for doing so. Students develop an understanding of the globally competitive environment and consider the ethical and moral dimensions of global business activities.
Enquiring, critical and thoughtful approaches to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions. You will learn a broad understanding of how businesses work.
We actively encourage students to participate in work-related activity including work tasters, work placements and volunteering experiences. This provides students with the opportunity to develop their career choices; experience the world of work and develop employability skills. Visits to local and or national businesses. Customised workshops to access the highest grades and for paper 3 revision.
2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4, including GCSE Mathematics and English (Minimum Grade 4)
The A Level in Business provides a route to employment or higher education in the many diverse areas of business. These could include specialist areas such as Management, Marketing, Finance, Law, Customer Service or Human Resources. It will advantageous to have studied Business before to undertake this course but not essential.