With a focus on helping you to become a good decision maker, you will learn essential managerial skills, alongside techniques to help you become an analytical problem solver. These skills are all highly sought after and valued in a wide range of careers.
- Practical application of business concepts
- Active rather than passive understanding of the subject
- Understanding of key business concepts including entrepreneurship, customer service, emerging markets, globalisation and migration
Students Suited To The Course
Students with an enterprising mind, a keen interest in how businesses operate and an interest in the way the economy works should all consider studying Business.
What Other Subjects Combine Well With
Business is very broad and can be combined with many subjects. Students looking to continue the subject at university should think about combining it with facilitating subjects especially Mathematics, English, French and Spanish. Students committed to the arts of sciences should also consider Business in this cost-centred world.
Trips and visits, Young Enterprise, IFS Student Investor Challenge.
An introduction to key business areas: Management, marketing, operations, finance and human resources. This includes a special focus on decision making - particularly how decisions made in one area can affect the rest of the business.
An investigation of the strategic decisions that all businesses must make, including the global aspect.
Topic 1: What is Business?
Topic 2: Managers, leadership and decision making
Topic 3: Decision making to improve marketing performance
Topic 4: Decision making to improve operational performance
Topic 5: Decision making to improve financial performance
Topic 6: Decision making to improve human resource performance
Topic 7: Analysing the strategic position of business
Topic 8: Choosing the strategic direction
Topic 9: Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
Topic 10: Managing strategic change
A Level assessment consists of three, two hour written exams taken at the end of the two-year course. Each exam will be worth a third of the A Level. All three papers will draw on material from the whole course and will feature a range of question styles including multiple choice, calculation, short answer, essay and data response questions plus case studies.
GCSE Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics
If you would like to study business, finance or management at university, A-Level Business provides an excellent foundation. The skills you learn are also transferable across a broad range of subjects and careers.
Whatever you choose to do in the future, you will find that the things you learn in this course will help. For example, you'll probably end up working with lots of different people, so knowledge of motivational theory will help you work well with others and help them achieve their potential; an understanding of the effect interest rates, exchange rates and international trade is also essential in this ever shrinking world. You might have ambitious plans to start your own business. If that is the case, you will find the marketing and finance topics particularly useful.