Business Studies A’Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course leader: Ms Dale

Course name: A Level Business

Contact: DAL@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

General Information

Business is a subject we can all relate to. You are surrounded by business every day at home and at school. This course will help you understand the impact of business on us and our lives, and the factors which affect business. The course will help you not only develop your understanding of business, but all help you to develop your communication, analytical, problem-solving and logical thinking skills – all of which are highly valued by universities and employers. You do not have to have studied business at GCSE.

 

Course Outline

The course is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers at the end of Year 13. Themes 1 and 2 are studied in Year 12.

 

Theme 1: Marketing and people

You will gain an understanding of meeting customer needs, the market, marketing mix and strategy, managing people and entrepreneurs and leaders.

 

Theme 2: Managing business activities

This theme focuses on raising finance, financial planning, managing finance, resource management and external influences.

 

Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy

In this this theme you will learn about business objectives and strategy, business growth, decision-making techniques, influences on business decisions, assessing competitiveness and managing change.

 

Theme 4: Global business

In this final theme you will gain an understanding of globalisation, global markets and business expansion, global marketing and global industries and companies.

 

Assessment

Three exams at the end of Year 13.

 

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

The course can lead onto a degree in a business discipline and commercial apprenticeship schemes with business organisations. This A Level is suitable for anyone considering a career in the varied world of business.

 

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Weekly after school drop in sessions run within the Vocational Faculty ensure all Business students are fully supported throughout the course. A number of whole school enterprise projects will be run during the year with the opportunity for sixth form business students to be mentors for lower school entrepreneurs. Visits to Alton Towers to learn about the business have also been used to support learning in class and sixth form students have the opportunity to get involved in Young Enterprise to help develop their business skills further.

Level 2 Business & Enterprise

Exam Board: NCFE
Course leader: Ms Dale
Course name: VCERT Business & Enterprise
Contact: DAL@moseley.bham.sch.uk

General Information
This is a Level 2 business course which gives students an understanding of business and enterprise. The course shows learners what it takes to become an entrepreneur; the risks and, most importantly, the rewards of being an entrepreneur; how to research a new idea; how to market a new business; how to use social media; the finance, National Insurance and VAT for a small business and how to plan, develop and take part in at least one business or enterprise project. The qualification is equivalent in size to one GCSE.

Course Outline
You will complete 4 units of work. Three units are assessed internally as coursework portfolios and one is an externally assessed assignment.

Unit 1: Introduction to business and enterprise – This unit aims to give learners an introduction to business and enterprise. It gives learners an introduction to start up projects and helps them to identify risks and rewards.

Unit 2: Marketing for business and enterprise – This unit aims to give learners an insight into market research, and different marketing opportunities and techniques. This unit is assessed externally.

Unit 3: Finance for business and enterprise – This unit aims to provide learners with a basic knowledge and understanding of business finance for a new business or enterprise.

Unit 4: Plan, develop and participate in a business or enterprise project – This unit aims to develop a project plan and implement the project.

The course will also help develop your employability skills including:

  • team working – the qualification requires learners to work with others either on small tasks or during the final project task
  • communication skills
  • presentation skills – learners will learn to present their work to those around them in a suitable way and will also learn the most appropriate way of communicating as an entrepreneur
  • use initiative – learners will learn what initiative is and why it is important for an entrepreneur or business person
  • work independently – learners will understand how to work independently on specific task.

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities
The course can lead onto Level 3 studies in business or related disciplines, apprenticeship schemes or employment.

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities
Weekly after school drop in sessions run within the Vocational Faculty ensure all Business students are fully supported throughout the course. A number of whole school enterprise projects will be run during the year with the opportunity for sixth form business students to be mentors for lower school entrepreneurs. Students will also plan and run their enterprise idea within school during the year.

BTEC Level 3 Business

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course leader: Ms Dale

Course name: BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business

Contact: DAL@moseley.bham.sch.uk

 

General Information

The BTEC course allows students to gain a broad business understanding and range of skills applicable to modern organisations. Employers, universities, teaching professionals and trainers have contributed to the course so you can be confident that it contains the knowledge and employability skills needed for further study and career success. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level.

 

Course Outline & Assessment

You will complete 4 units of work. Two units are assessed internally as coursework portfolios, one unit is a pre-released case study assessment and one is a written exam.

 

Unit 1: Exploring Business – you will be given an assignment brief and you will work independently or part of a group to create a coursework portfolio.

 

Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign – pre-released material includes information about a business for research. Learners will need to apply their knowledge, ideas and skills to plan a marketing campaign, linking its success to the impact on the business.

 

Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance – a written test will cover the purpose and importance of personal and business finance, including the skills and knowledge needed to understand, analyse and prepare financial information.

 

The fourth unit, assessed internally, could cover:

 

  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Customer Services
  • Market Research
  • Law

 

 

The course will also help develop your employability skills including:

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

 

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

The course can lead onto a degree in a business discipline, commercial apprenticeship schemes with business organisations or higher level BTEC studies. The range offered by the BTEC course makes it a suitable option for anyone considering a career in the varied world of business.

 

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Weekly after school drop in sessions run within the Vocational Faculty ensure all Business students are fully supported throughout the course. A number of whole school enterprise projects will be run during the year with the opportunity for sixth form business students to be mentors for lower school entrepreneurs. Visits to Alton Towers to learn about the business have also been used to support learning in class and sixth form students have the opportunity to get involved in Young Enterprise to help develop their business skills further.