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A-Level Business 

Course outline

Year 1 Business StudiesTheme 1: Marketing and People and Theme 2: Managing business activities

Year 2 Business Studies Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy and Theme 4: Global business

What type of student succeeds at Business Studies A Level?

Business Studies is a rigorous subject and requires students to be independent learners as well having a good grasp on the English language and numeracy as they have to interpret and analyse data. I love of the subject is necessary as reading around the subject is vital for success.

Subject requirements at GCSE

Minimum of five GCSEs, grades A*-C including a grade 5 in Mathematics (as there is a need to interpret graphs and data, as well as carrying out some calculations) and a grade 5 in English GCSE. Additionally, all students must complete the holiday homework set.

Complementary subjects

Business studies is typically understood to include a fairly wide group of courses, some highly specialised and others more interdisciplinary, thus there are a wide variety of subjects that compliments an A-level in Business some are Sociology, Maths, Economics, Modern languages and Psychology.

Homework

Students receive homework after every lesson. It varies in form in order to continue to engage and familiarise students with current affairs and the jargon used in Business from essay questions based on case studies, podcasts and newspaper articles, to creating mark scheme for examination questions. Students are armed with a pack from the outset that contains revision guides, past papers and mark schemes in order to aid their independent study.

Student View

“Business is a major part of everyone’s life and anybody who has a good idea about how businesses work are at an immediate advantage in the future.”  

 

Future Directions

Which university courses require Business Studies A Level?

Business Studies covers a number of disciplines hence no course requiring you having studied it.

Which university courses look favourably on Business Studies A Level?

A Level Business is known as an inter-disciplinary subject where you combine elements of accountancy, management science, economics, social psychology and law. Therefore, punctiliously reading a subject such as this is attractive to universities and employers alike, as it shows that you are knowledgeable about how a business works. There are many transferable skills.

What are the entry requirements to study Business Studies at university?

Business Studies is taught in all Universities thus the entry requirement ranges from DDC to AAA depending on the institute.

Which careers could Business Studies A Level lead to?

There is an opportunity to work in myriad of different sectors to name a few; Finance, Accounting, PR, Trading, Consultancy, Advertising, Logistics and Distribution, HR, Management and Analyst.

Business BTEC 

Course outline

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels. The programme aims to provide learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. The course will involve businesses in the public, private and voluntary sectors. In order to achieve this Diploma students are required to complete a number of units: The Business Environment, Business Resources, An Introduction to Marketing, Business Communication, Recruitment and Selection in Business, Creative Product Promotion, Business Accounting, Business and the Economic Environment, Human Resource Management in Business, Understanding Retailing, Starting a Small Business, and Developing Teams in Business.

What type of student succeeds at Business Studies BTEC?

Due to the nature of BTEC courses, students have to have good time management and work independently in order to meet deadlines.

Subject requirements at GCSE

Minimum of five GCSEs, grades 9 - 5 with a good grasp of the English language in order to research and write up the units.

Complementary subjects

Business Studies is typically understood to include a fairly wide group of courses, some highly specialised and others more interdisciplinary, thus there are a wide variety of subjects that compliments Business BTEC including Sociology, Maths, ICT, Modern languages, and Psychology.

Homework

Students receive homework after every lesson. It varies in form in order to continue to engage and familiarise students with current affairs and the jargon used in Business from essay questions based on case studies/podcast/newspaper articles

Student View

“Business BTEC prepares you for the world of work and you learn about all aspect of business. I hope to study business and university and take a year out to work and get experience".

 

Future Directions

Which university courses require Business BTEC?

Due to the nature of Business BTEC there are no subjects that require you having studied it.

Which university courses look favourably on Business BTEC?

BTEC Business is an inter-disciplinary subject where you combine elements of Accountancy, Management Science, Economics, Social Psychology and Law. 

What are the entry requirements to study Business at university?

Business is taught in all Universities thus the entry requirements range from EDD to AAA depending on the institute.

Which careers could Business BTEC lead to?

There is an opportunity to work in myriad of different sectors, such as Finance, Accounting, PR, Trading, Consultancy, Advertising, Logistics and Distribution, HR, Management and Analyst.