|Exam Board||Entry Requirements||Subject Leader|
|Edexcel||Grade 6 at GCSE, if taken
||Mr G Durr|
This course aims to develop an enthusiasm for studying business and gain a holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts. Students also generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues and are aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals. They develop decision making, problem solving, critical analysis and numerical skills in a range of business contexts.
Theme 1: Marketing and People
In this theme we cover the topics of meeting customer needs, the market, marketing mix and strategy, managing people and entrepreneurs and leaders.
Theme 2: Managing Business Activities
In this theme we cover the topics of raising finance, financial planning, managing finance, resource management and external influences.
Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy
In this theme we cover the topics of business objectives and strategy, business growth, decision-making techniques, influences on business decisions, assessing competitiveness and managing change.
Theme 4: Global Business
In this theme we cover the topics of globalisation, global markets and business, expansion, global marketing and global industries and companies (multinational corporations).
This A-Level is assessed by three externally assessed examination papers. All papers include data response questions and an extended open-response question. Questions for all 3 papers will be drawn from local, national and global contexts:
- Paper 1 draws on the topics of marketing, people and global businesses from Themes 1 and 4. It accounts for 35% of the final grade.
- Paper 2 draws on the topics of business activities, decisions and strategy from Themes 2 and 3. It accounts for 35% of the final grade.
- Paper 3 focuses on investigating business in a competitive environment, assessing content from all 4 Themes. It accounts for 30% of the final grade. For Paper 3 there will be a pre-released context document issued by the examination board in November of the previous year. A new context will be given to centres each year and will relate to the examination series for the following summer. The context will focus on a broad context, such as an industry or market in which businesses operate. Students cannot take any of their research or investigation data carried out as part of the pre-release into the examination.
Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations
There are a vast range of options available for students. It can be used as a stepping stone to either Higher Education and/or a professional career. Students have found business studies to complement virtually all A level courses on offer at The Campion School.