Business Studies A Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course name: A Level Business 

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 name: VCERT Business & Enterprise

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 name: BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business

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.

Computer Science

Exam Board: OCR

Course name: AS /A2 Computer Science

General Information

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. It will help develop computational thinking, problem solving skills, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

Aims:

Focus on programming, building on our GCSE Computing and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.
Have an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course.
Put computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
Allow student to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner.
Give students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.

Course Outline

AS Level

The AS qualification has two units, Computing Principles and Algorithms and Problem Solving. Both units are tested with a written exam worth 50% each.

Year 12 AS Level Assessment
Unit 1 – Computing Principles Exam
Unit 2 – Algorithms and Problem Solving Exam

A2 Level

The A2 qualification will allow students to build on previous knowledge and demonstrate their understanding of computer programming. The three units are Computer systems, Algorithms and programming and a Programming Project.

Year 13 A2 Level Assessment
Unit 1 – Computer systems Exam
Unit 2 – Algorithms and programming Exam
Unit 3 – Programming project Project


Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees, particularly in Software Engineering and Computing related fields.

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Regular support sessions will be available at lunchtimes, after school and breaktimes throughout the course to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation.

BTEC Level 3 in IT

ICT – BTEC Level 3 in Information Technology

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course name: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology

General Information

This course is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses. Learners will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.

How does the qualification provide employability skills?

Learners are encouraged to develop their skills in the following three main categories:

  • 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.

Course Outline

The qualification is split into four units: 

 

Unit title Assessment
Unit 1 – Information Technology Systems External Assessment / Examination
Unit 2 – Creating Systems to Manage Information External Assessment
Unit 3 – Using Social Media in Business Internal Assignment
Unit 6 – Website Development Internal Assignment

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees, BTEC Higher National Diplomas and employment in related subjects such as ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, e-Business and Information Management

Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Regular support sessions will be available at lunchtimes, after school and break times throughout the course to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation.

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