Business Studies

Why study this subject?

A-Level Business enables students to build an understanding of the contemporary business world. The course will help you develop as a decision maker and you will learn essential managerial skills and techniques such as critical analysis and problem solving. You will study arange of different business contexts, which includes local, national and international firms. This course provides a strong foundation for further study at degree level.

You will study four themes across two years. These are interwoven at times so that you can develop an appreciation of the holistic nature of the subject and managerial decision-making.

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What will the subject include?

In year 12 you will study:

Theme 1: Marketing and People
We explore the importance of small businesses and the skills and qualities of entrepreneurs to begin the course. We then build on these foundations and investigate markets and marketing strategies.
What underpins any business is people; Students study motivation, management and leadership.

Theme 2: Managing Business Activity
This theme examines how businesses use their resources effectively; both financial and physical in order to be successful. You will also investigate how changes in the external factors affect business decision making.

In year 13 you will study:

Theme 3: Business Analysis and Strategy
Building on theme 2, we examine the influences on business strategy and decision-making.
Learners analyse financial accounts and explore the impacts of corporate culture and management styles on organisational performance.

Theme 4: Global Marketing
Learners develop their understanding of the concepts introduced in theme 1 but in a global context. You will evaluate how and why marketing strategies are adapted when businesses seek global markets and assess the role of the multi-national corporations.

Where will it lead?

It lays an appropriate foundation for the further study of Business in Higher Education or for future employment in the world of business. There are a wide range of progression pathways in areas such as marketing, business management and it can be combined with many other subjects at a higher level.

Which other subjects complement this subject?

Most! You should have a keen interest in current affairs and be prepared to write analytically.

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Last updated: 10-01-23

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