Business Studies A level

A-level Business Studies introduces learners to the dynamic business environment and the importance of entrepreneurial activity in creating business opportunities and sustaining business growth. Students will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of essential skills required for progress to higher education and employment. The focus of the course is to nurture an enthusiasm for studying business using contemporary contexts, allowing learners to develop an appreciation of the strategic, complex and inter-related nature of business issues from a local to global perspective.

Course Content

We study the WJEC specification.

AS level
AS level content is focussed on giving a grounding in business functions such as Marketing, Finance, HRM, and Production. You will be introduced to Business Accounts as well as some basic principles of economics.

A2 level
Here the focus is on extending knowledge gained at AS level. Your understanding of Business Accounts will now include methods of analysis of accounts, we also introduce Management Accounting methods. Business in a global context is an important element of the course as well as business decision making when influenced by external factors.

Entry Requirements

There is no requirement to have studied Business Studies at GCSE. The ability to write effective analytical responses and a good standard of mathematics are skills that provide a foundation to success in the subject.

AS level (Year 1)
AS Unit 1 Business Opportunities
AS Unit 2 Business Functions
A2 Level (Year 2)
A2 Unit 3 Business Analysis and Strategy
A2 Unit 4 Business in a Changing World

Assessment

AS Unit 1 Business Opportunities 60 marks Compulsory short response question 15% of A-level
AS Unit 2 Business Functions 80 marks Compulsory extended response questions based on Case Studies. 25% of A-level
A2 Unit 3 Business Analysis and Strategy 80 marks 30% of A -level Compulsory extended response questions based on Case Study
A2 Unit 4 Business in a Changing World 80 marks 30% of A-level Compulsory short response questions. One essay from choice of three

Reading / Listening list

Radio 4 The Bottom line (available as podcast)
Business functions and opportunities WJES Press.

Useful websites

Tutor2U http://www.tutor2u.net/
Business Studies A-level http://www.businessstudiesalevel.co.uk/

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