Business is taught as part of the social science curriculum. In common with other social science subjects, Business aims to develop in students, a critical and evaluative approach as we strongly believe that. Knowing how different people see the world allows our learners to make sense of the world, ask questions of it and know how to change it.
Business studies allows students to recognise the interrelation between the individual and businesses in society. Students will be aware that business behaviour can be studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders and actors and will learn to evaluate the outcomes of every decision they make morally, ethically and the impact it has on the world of business. Students are encouraged to explore current news stories and be able to engage in meaningful debates surrounding issues and factors that influence and shape the decisions made by local, national and global businesses.
For students who wish to study Business, we offer the 2 year A Level in Business Studies. The advanced course provides students with an in depth knowledge of the world of business. The aim of the qualification is to give students the tools to understand modern businesses. They learn how businesses make decisions, and develop strategies to survive in an increasingly competitive business environment. The course is particularly suited to those students who enjoy discussion, problem solving and making recommendations. The course is a 2 Year linear A level course which is formally examined at the end of Year 13. Students will, however, sit a mock examination to determine the suitability to continue to Year 13.
There are 6 units of study in Year 12.
In common with all Social Science subjects, the course will begin with Core Social Science Knowledge around Society, Economics, Politics and Law and History. This will be built on over the course to enhance your understanding of (subject)
We then move on to:
- Introduction to the course and Induction task.
- Unit 1: Understanding the nature and purpose of business, understanding different business forms and that businesses operate within an external environment.
- Unit 2: Understanding management, leadership and decision making and understanding the role and importance of stakeholders.
- Unit 3: Decision making to improve marketing performance and setting marketing objectives. Understanding markets and customers needs, making marketing decisions, looking at market research and segmentation. Learning how to target customers and finding the best position for the business. How marketing decisions are made using the marketing mix.
- Unit 4: Decision making to improve operational performance including setting operational objectives and analysing operational performance. Making operational decisions to improve performance: increasing efficiency and productivity. Making operational decisions to improve performance: improving quality, managing inventory and supply chains.
- Unit 5: Decision making to improve financial performance, setting financial objectives and analysing financial performance. Making financial decisions: sources of finance and improving cash flow and profits.
- Unit 6: Decision making to improve human resource performance, setting human resource objectives, analysing human resource performance. Making human resource decisions: improving organisational design, managing the human resource flow, improving motivation & engagement and improving employer-employee relations.
- Revision for the pre-public examinations.
- Start of Year 13 work.
More information can be found at: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business-subjects/as-and-a-level/business-7131-7132/specification-at-a-glance
Regular catch up sessions are held in the pod every Tuesday and Thursday. They are optional and voluntary for students, however, students may be directed to the sessions if their progress is below target.
A minimum of five GCSE subjects at grade 4 (or above) including Maths at grade 4 (or above) and English Language at grade 5 (or above). No previous experience or qualifications in Business is necessary.