Head of Department
4 or more grades 4-9.
Additional entry requirement: Grade 4+ in a numerate subject.
A literate subject includes any GCSE English qualification or any other GCSE essay-based subject, such as History, Geography or Sociology (these are not exclusive).
A numerate subject includes GCSE Maths or ANY GCSE Science course. If students are doing double Science, then just one of the grades being at 4 will be sufficient.
A GCSE grade of 4 and above in the relevant subject will supersede either of the above criteria.
External Assessment: – 50%
Coursework – 50%
(Available as equivalent to either 1 or 2 A Levels)
Deepen your critical understanding of business organisations and the markets they serve. Business behaviour is studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders, including customers, employees, shareholders, the Government and the local community. Students will study business start-ups, financial planning, people and operations management, marketing, business strategy and the business environment.
What skills will I develop?
You will develop analysis and critical evaluation skills to enable you to explore how business theory can be applied to a number of different organisations. You will develop your research skills, using books, journals, newspapers and the internet, as well as developing critical evaluation skills and problem solving. The course will enable you will develop your numeracy skills by carrying out detailed financial analysis of businesses,
You will develop your skills in debating and presenting, as well as improving your own learning and performance with concise and efficient note taking styles.
Ultimately, you will be able to develop skills which will enable you to improve your own learning, performance, and problem solving.
Covering a wide range of topics, and developing a wide range of skills, the course is designed to make you more attractive to employers. The vocational nature of the course means that you will be required to apply what you learn in class to different business situations. Consequently, you will be better prepared to deal with real-life workplace situations, as and when they arise.
What topics will I study?
The course offers an insight into all aspects of business. The course will link theory with practical application making maximum use of your own experiences.
Course content includes:-
- Unit 1: Exploring Business
- Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign (externally assessed)
- Unit 3: Personnel and Business Finance (externally assessed)
- Unit 4: Managing an Event
- Unit 6: Principals of Management (externally assessed)
- Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection
- Unit 19: Pitching for a new business
Where does the course lead?
Students who have successfully completed the course go on to study Business Management, Marketing, Accounting at University, go on to complete Apprenticeships or gain fulltime employment.