Students hoping to study A level Business Studies must show a genuine interest in the subject and a willingness to investigate new ideas. It is not essential to have studied the subject at GCSE level, although a grade A*-C in Maths and English is highly recommended.
Theme 1 – Marketing & People
This covers customer needs, marketing mix and strategy, managing people and entrepreneurs/approaches to leadership.
Theme 2 – Managing business activities
This covers raising finance, financial planning, managing finance, resource management and external influences
Students must investigate different types and sizes of organisations in various business sectors and environments, in local, national and global context.
Year 13 develops concepts introduced in Theme 1 & 2. Students will makes connections between themes and link them to numerical data and a range of business scenarios.
Theme 3 – Business Decisions & Strategy
This covers business objectives, business growth, decision making techniques & influences, assessing competitiveness and managing change.
Theme 4 – Global Business
This covers globalisation, global markets & expansion, global marketing and multinational corporations.
Themes 1 – 4 are assessed in May/June.
These are 3 written exams, each lasting 2 hours. Paper 3 has a pre-released case study to research before the final exam.
The results of these 3 papers makes up your final A2 grade.
Business Studies students develop realistic business decision making skills; the emphasis is on being able to think for yourself, rather than simply learning and repeating facts. Students must be prepared to use and develop their independent research skills, ability to work as part of a group, and willingness to ‘read around’ the subject to improve overall business knowledge.
Many students decide to pursue a business related degree, which is one of the faster growing areas in Higher Education. Career paths can be varied, ranging from the Public Sector, Accounting, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Armed Forces, Teaching etc.