Business Studies - A Level

Further Details
Course Code
LA00048
Location
Yale
Duration
Full Time, The AS qualification is taught in the first year of study.The A2 qualification is taught in the second year of study.
Department
A Levels
Start Date
05 Sep 2022
End Date
23 Jun 2023

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Course Overview
The course will focus on the ever-changing nature of business and how it is affected by national and international issues. Businesses in Wales, the UK and on an international platform are considered and students are required, for both AS and A2, to keep up to date with current affairs as part of the course. Wherever possible, real life business examples will be investigated, analysed and evaluated bringing meaning to the theory studied in the syllabus. In addition to formal teaching, students will also take part in role plays, class discussions, group and individual work.

At AS Level, students will study two modules. The first module, will provide students with an introduction to the scope of Business Studies within the context of an entrepreneur, starting a new business. They will be expected to have an understanding of the range of activities involved in setting up a small business, for example researching the market, deciding the legal structure of the business and sourcing finance. In the second module students will examine how to measure the effectiveness of a larger business through the four main functions of a business: Marketing – effectively communicating with the customer; Finance – planning, monitoring and assessing the finances of the business; Operations Management – how efficiently the business transforms raw materials into the finished product or service; and Human Resources – methods used to ensure workers are organised and managed to work as productively and efficiently as possible.

Students choosing to continue to A2 level will build on their knowledge gained at AS through two further modules, where they will consider the operations of business on a national and global perspective, at a strategic level. The emphasis in the first module is on understanding and using analytical techniques and developing appropriate business strategies, for example through using decision making models. The second module focuses on how businesses adapt to succeed in a dynamic external environment, through understanding how a range of external factors can affect day to day activities, decision making and strategy. There is more focus on analysis and evaluation and the learner’s ability to show a higher level of knowledge and understanding. Students will take more responsibility for their own learning at this level, reading around the subject areas and keeping their current affairs knowledge up to date.

There is no course work, however learners will have to complete essays and reports at A2 level.
AS/A level Business Studies is an examination based modular, two-year course. At the end of each year there will be two examinations.

At AS level the two examinations will include short-answer questions, data response questions with some requiring extended responses.

The A2 examinations will call on the content from both AS and A2 units. The first examination will focus on data response questions, some short and some requiring extended answers based on case studies. The second examination includes two sections. Section A will include a number of questions, mostly requiring extended answers, based on a case study. Section B requires the learner to write synoptic essays.

All examinations will have a quantitative focus in some of the questions.
5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language/Welsh (First Language) or Maths or Maths Numeracy (Intermediate or Higher tier).

Should an A level applicant have or be predicted a grade D/3 in either GCSE Maths or English (and at least a grade C/4 in the other subject) then your application will be considered.

At Coleg Cambria we would encourage you to do the very best that you can in your exams. The better your grades the more options you will have, and may result in you gaining entry onto a higher level course.
Students may pursue their careers in a variety of ways following the successful completion of their A level in Business Studies, such as:

• Reading for degrees in Business related fields such as Business Management, Marketing, Accountancy, Psychology, Human Resources and international business.

• In non-related fields, the study of a Business Studies A level is always regarded as an asset within areas such as Sciences, the Arts, Leisure/Tourism Management and Catering.

• It is also possible to enter some professions directly in much sought after sectors such as banking, marketing and retailing.

• A level business is also beneficial when pursuing apprenticeships in leading businesses such as Airbus, Unilever and Nestle.

• Some entrepreneurial students may choose to set up their own business.
Some courses may require equipment and/or uniforms to be purchased. Please see attached equipment list for further information.
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