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St Thomas More

Catholic School

KS5

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 

Tech Award in Enterprise

Pupils follow the Pearson BTEC (Specification). Pupils will have two lessons per week and a period 6 lesson(every month). Homework is set once a week according to the homework timetable and students are to record this in their student journals. Homework is also uploaded onto Show My Homework/ Satchel One Weekly.

Course Outline:

The Tech Award in Enterprise is a 2 Year course and consists of 3 Components overall. Component 1 & 3 are usually taught for Year 1, Component 2 is completed in Year 2.

Component 1: Exploring Enterprises(Internal/ Assignment) 

Component 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity(Internal/Assignment) 

Component 3: Promotion and Finance for Enterprise(External/ 2 Hour Exam) 

What will I learn in BTEC Business?

The nature of the course is very ‘hands on’. We will be involving local businesses in the delivery of the course in Component 1. There is an emphasis on written work, research skills, working in groups and presenting findings to a target audience. Throughout the 2 years there will be an opportunity to test out your enterprise skills, looking at the promotion and financial aspects in Component 3 and preparing and presenting your Micro enterprise activities in Component 2. 

If you have ever considered becoming the next Lord Alan Sugar or fulfilling your dreams through starting you own business, then this is the course for you!

Key skills for Tech Award in Enterprise

You will develop the following skills:

There is an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’. Students will learn to work using their own initiatives. You will also be able to demonstrate self-motivation and organisational skills through meeting regular deadlines, along with carrying out independent research skills for a range of tasks and activities. Communication and interpersonal skills will be developed through regular presentations and discussions in relation to the components throughout the course.