Sixth Form: Business Studies
Updated: Thu 10 Nov 2016
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: GRADE 5 IN GCSE MATHEMATICS AND, IF STUDIED, B GRADE IN BUSINESS STUDIES
Subject Leader: Mr M. F. Beran
Examination Board: AQA
A2 Syllabus: 7132 (three papers end of Year 13)
“Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling.” – Anita Roddick
“The critical ingredient is getting off your backside and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” – Nolan Bushnell
What is A-Level Business Studies?
Business Studies focuses on the inside workings of business. We look at how and why people set up their own businesses and the challenges they face. We also look in more detail at the different business functions including marketing, production, people, finance and accounting, as well as how the environment in which business operates provides businesses with opportunities and threats to their primary purpose of making a profit.
What makes a good Business Studies student?
A good Business Studies student has to be able to cope with a wide range of subjects and skills including number crunching in finance and understanding people through psychology in human resources. They will use theory to explore how organisations work and the challenges managers face in leading people, as well as analysing the business environment.
What can I expect to learn in Business Studies?
Students will look initially at the process and challenges of setting up a new business and then focus on the main business functions from the perspective of a more established business: finance, operations, people and marketing. Assessment of these areas will be through two papers; one in the form of short answer questions and an unseen case study; the second through multiple choice and short answer questions as well as multi-part data response questions requiring extended writing.
The second year of the A-Level Business Studies then builds on these start up processes and business functions but at a strategic Board of Directors level. The final paper looks at the business environment with a more international flavour working on the process and challenges of the effective management of change in the face of a dynamic global marketplace. The three papers cover the whole range of topics at the end of the year.
Where could Business Studies take me?
Joining in and helping run our business society and participating in the New York Business trip will also add value to your understanding of the world of business. A-Levels that combine well with Business Studies include Mathematics and Modern Languages but the subject complements a wide range of other disciplines. Doing Economics is not recommended at the same time, as the top universities are not keen on what they consider to be too similar a focus. Being a good Business Studies student means being able to get in to employment more easily and make sense of the business world as an employee or an entrepreneur. It also means you have the foundations for a variety of exciting degrees in a wide range of business fields including business, management, retail, logistics, accounting, finance, marketing, human resources and operations.