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A-Level Business

Awarding Body

Course Code

Head of Department

Email

AQA 7132 Mr Herman Virk virk-h@beaconsfieldhigh.bucks.sch.uk

Why study this course?

What skills does it develop?

Business is a practical course that investigates enterprise and equips students with the skills to start their own business. Students study both small and larger, established businesses, exploring strategy in a global business context.  It is useful preparation for a wide range of careers.

What careers might it lead to?

Business administration and management, marketing, human resource management, accountancy, finance, etc.

What level of prior knowledge, attainment and skills are required?

What are the entry requirements?

Grade 6 in Mathematics and English, or Grade 6 in Business Studies.

Who would it suit?

The department is looking for highly committed students, interested in the world around them and willing to take risks in developing leadership skills.

What subjects might it combine with/lead to?

Business combines with any other subject but in particular Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, English, Politics, Psychology and Sociology.

What does the course cover and how is it structured?

1 What is business?

2 Managers, leadership and decision making

3 Decision making to improve marketing performance

4 Decision making to improve operational performance

5 Decision making to improve financial performance

6 Decision making to improve human resource performance

7 Analysing the strategic position of a business

8 Choosing strategic direction

9 Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

10 Managing strategic change

How is the course assessed?

What examination modules/papers are there?

Written exams: 2 hours each

How are they weighted?

100 marks in total for each one

33.3% of A-level for each paper

How can families help?

The introduction of additional resources and the regular discussion of current business news will make a difference. A home environment that is conducive to learning is always beneficial.