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Business

Why study Business?

Business is a major part of everyone’s lives and anybody who has a good idea about how businesses work are at an advantage. Taking A-level business is a great thing to do if you have aspirations of one day becoming self-employed or be in a managerial position. Many people study it at A-level without taking it at GCSE so this should not discourage you. Anyone with a general interest in the economy, finance, marketing, human resources, management, business structures, ethics etc. will enjoy the subject.

What will I learn?

  • In Theme 1 you will learn about how markets can change, social media and online retailing, innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Theme 2 introduces you to business finance, the impact of economic uncertainty on businesses and the competitive environment.
  • In Theme 3 you will move from the descriptive to the various strategies, exploring business decision-making, small business survival, managing change and planning accordingly.
  • Theme 4 explores global business, investigating overseas markets, cultural and social differences and the impact of multinationals.

A Level

Theme 1 - Marketing and people

Theme 2 - Managing business activities

Meeting customer needs

Raising finance

The market

Financial planning

Marketing mix and strategy

Managing finance

Managing people

Resource management

Entrepreneurs and leaders

External influences

 

 

Theme 3 - Business decisions and strategy

Theme 4 - Global business

Business objectives and strategy

Globalisation

Business growth

Global markets and business expansion

Decision-making techniques

Global marketing

Influences on business decisions

Global industries and companies

Assessing competitiveness

(multinational corporations)

Managing change

 


How will I be assessed?

Paper 1
Marketing, people and global businesses

Questions drawn from Theme 1 and Theme 4
100 marks, 2 hours (35% of the qualification)
Section A: one data response question, including one extended open-response question.
Section B: one data response question, including one extended open-response question.

Paper 2
Business activities, decisions and strategy

Questions drawn from Theme 2 and Theme 3
100 marks, 2 hours (35% of the qualification)
Section A: one data response question, including one extended open-response question.
Section B: one data response question, including one extended open-response question.

Paper 3
Investigating business in a competitive environment

Questions drawn from all themes 100 marks, 2 hours (30% of the qualification)
Two data response questions broken down into a number of parts, each including one extended open-response question.
This paper has a pre-released context to enable students to investigate an industry or market in which businesses operate.


Where could it lead?

Business prepares you for a place in the commercial world. Transferable skills like making decisions, solving problems, numerical skills, understanding the business environment and commercial awareness are relevant to both university and employment.

Higher education courses such as business management, business administration, accountancy and finance, human resource management, marketing, retail management, tourism management and international business. There are a wide range of careers ranging from banking, sales, product management and general management to working in public sector organisations or charities.

Mr. Hugh O’ Neill, B.A (Hons), H. Dip

 
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