What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
The focus of AQA AS Business is on small to medium-sized businesses operating within national markets. It covers the issues involved in a business start-up, such as research and planning, as well as the factors that determine success. It considers how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions throughout the business. A Level Business builds on the AS units by considering more complex business scenarios and focusing on strategy.
The course will be taught by the use of small group work, self-directed research and presentation, class discussion and lectures. All units taught in year one are assessed across two papers at the end of the year. Paper 1 is assessed through multiple choice questions, short answer questions and mini case study data response questions. Paper 2 is assessed by short answer questions and the use of a case study for data response questions. There is no course work option.
What topics will I study?
During the first year students will study six units, including 'What is Business?', 'Managers, leadership and decision making', 'Decision making to improve marketing, operations, finance and human resources'. During the second year students will study strategic decision making which will build on the functional areas from year one.
What experiences will I get?
You will have opportunities to take part in business challenge competitions.
What are the entry requirements?
You need at least five GCSEs at grade C or above (including maths and English) and three GCSEs at grade D or above. Although not an entry requirement for this specification, students who have studied GCSE in Business Studies will find that this specification builds on the concepts and skills they have learnt. You must enjoy reading and are expected to keep up to date with current business news.
What can I study alongside this course?
Any A Level subjects can be combined. A Levels can also be studied alongside a BTEC Level 3 Certificate.
What facilities are there?
You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a refectory in Victoria House. Many Business classrooms are fully equipped with IT suites.
What can the course lead on to?
A Level Business Studies is an excellent preparation for Further and Higher Education courses in all business related areas and other academic courses in Higher Education. Business Studies is a useful qualification for those intending to progress into a wide variety of careers in business and management.
Are there any additional costs?
There are some costs of materials and resources.
What do our students think?
"Business is not just a subject for studying, as the understanding I've gained will also help with planning my future career path."
"Gives a wider understanding of the current economy and so it links in with daily events happening in the news."
"I liked the research theme aspect as I was able to get a real feel for business in action and then relate this back to what we have learnt in the syllabus."
This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course).