Business gives students problem solving tools to tackle traditional problems which arise within a dynamic business environment. You will learn about the diverse nature of business enterprise and the interdependence of the various parts of the business world. You will explore business success and business failure, investigate local, national and global business markets. Students will also understand how businesses need to adapt and respond strategically to the changing environment in which they operate to survive and grow.
The course is structured into four themes:
Theme 1: Marketing and People.
Included in Theme 1 are topics such as: “The Market”; “Meeting Customer Needs”; “The Marketing Mix and Marketing Strategy”; “Entrepreneurs and Leaders” and “Managing People”.
Theme 2: Managing Business Activities.
Included in Theme 2 are topics such as: “Raising Finance”; “Financial Planning”; “Managing Finance”; “Resource Management” and “The External Business Environment”.
Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy.
Included in Theme 3 are topics such as: “Business Growth”; “Business Objectives and Strategy”; “Decision-Making Techniques”; “Influences on Business Decisions”; “Assessing Competitiveness” and ”Managing Change”.
Theme 4: Global Business.
Included in Theme 4 are such topics as: “Globalisation”; “Global Markets and Business Expansion”; “Global Marketing” and “Multi-National Corporations”.
Students will be assessed by three externally examined papers in May/June of Year 13.
Paper 1: Paper 1 questions will be drawn from Themes 1 and 4. This is a 2 hour exam which comprises data response and essay questions (35% of total qualification).
Paper 2: Paper 2 questions will be drawn from Themes 2 and 3. This is a 2 hour exam which comprises data response and essay questions (35% of total qualification).
Paper 3: Paper 3 questions will be drawn from Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4. This is a 2 hour exam which will be based on a pre-released research task (30% of total qualification).
Students wishing to study Business must have achieved a Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature and a Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics, or a Grade 6 in GCSE Business Studies if studied in Key Stage 4.
At Weald of Kent we recognise the need for students to learn skills that will prepare them for their chosen career. This course comprises both a theoretical and a practical understanding of business and the wider economic environment in which businesses operate. Therefore, the Business A Level develops a number of important skills that will help students progress in their careers. Such skills include; excellent communication skills, numeracy, in depth analysis of data as well as the ability to analyse and evaluate the outcomes of a variety of business and economic situations.