What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t studied business before. You might have an interest in business and want to know more about the impact business has on the world around you.
The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in 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 to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. 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.
Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.
Theme 1: Marketing and people. Students will develop an understanding of:
· meeting customer needs
· the market
- marketing mix and strategy
- managing people
- entrepreneurs and leaders.
Theme 2: Managing business activities. Students will develop an understanding of:
· raising finance
· financial planning
· managing finance
· resource management
· external influences.
Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy
This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2. Students will develop an understanding of:
· business objectives and strategy
· business growth
· decision-making techniques
· influences on business decisions
· assessing competitiveness
· managing change.
Theme 4: Global business
This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 1. Students will develop an understanding of:
· global markets and business expansion
· global marketing
· global industries and companies (multinational corporations)
Grade 6 in Business Studies or Grade 6 in GCSE English Language guarantees a place on this course.
Please note that applicants must also meet our overall entry requirements of scoring at least a total of 42 points (simply add up all your GCSE grades) and achieve a Grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Mathematics.