Sixth Form: Business Studies

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Business Studies

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: GRADE 5 IN GCSE MATHEMATICS AND, IF STUDIED, B GRADE IN BUSINESS STUDIES

Subject Leader: Mr G P Williams

Examination Board: AQA

A-Level Syllabus: 7132 (three papers end of Year 13)

Examinations: 100%

Coursework: None

 

“So much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.” – Peter Drucker (American-Austrian Management Consultant and Educator)

 

What is A-Level Business Studies?

The A-level Business Studies course introduces you to all you need to know about working in business.  You will not just study it, you will live it.  You will enter the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce Dragons’ Apprentice Competition where you will put together a business idea to raise money for a local charity, with the support of an external business mentor.  This has a focus on helping you to become a good decision-maker and 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.

 

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.  They are numerate to deftly handle financial issues, keen problem-solvers in the operational issues and marketing arenas and able to understand people through psychology in human resources.  They will use theory to explore how organisations work and the challenges managers face in leading people, and they will learn to analyse business environments.

 

What can I expect to learn in Business Studies?

The course is split into 10 topics.  In Year 12 you will learn about different business structures, their objectives and fundamental concepts like costs and revenues.  You will study management, leadership and decision-making before moving on to look at the four functional areas of business, marketing, finance, operations and human resources.

Towards the end of Year 12, you will start the second part of the course. This combines all the previous content with four topics analysing a business’ strategic position, direction and pursuit of those strategies.  This all ends with a topic which will be vital throughout your lives: how to manage change.

There will be three exam papers at the end of Year 13.  Each of the papers will examine content from all the topics because it is all interlinked.  Paper 1 is a mix of 15 multiple choice questions, short answer questions and 2 essay-type questions.  Paper 2 is a data response paper and Paper 3 is a Case Study with 6 questions to answer.

 

Where could Business Studies take me?

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 will probably work with lots of different people, so knowledge of motivational theory will help you to work well with others and help them achieve their potential. 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.