Aims of this course
A-level Business aims to enable you to develop an enthusiasm for studying business and to gain a holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts. You will develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants. You will explore that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives.
You will acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem solving, the challenging of assumptions and critical analysis. You will apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts and will be aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals.
Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues. Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions
Business Studies is really important in helping us to understand how companies of all sizes work – from sole traders to multinational corporations. Knowing this can be really useful as we grow up, leave school and look for employment opportunities.
Year 7 and 8 have an opportunity to experience the “Enterprise Enrichment” taster lessons. Students in these groups take seasonal opportunities to create products to sell, work out the marketing and pricing and raise money for charity – while learning how a real business would do the same things with their products.
GCSE Business Studies
Business Studies GCSE is an option for year 9, 10 and 11 students. We follow the Edexcel GCSE Business Studies course.
The course is split into two themes:
Theme 1 is investigating small businesses. We will explore enterprise and entrepreneurship, spotting a business opportunity, putting a business idea into practice, making the business effective and understanding external influences on business.
Theme 2 is about building a business. We will explore growing a business, making marketing decisions, making operational decisions, financial decisions and human resource decisions.