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What will I study in A Level Business Studies?

We will be following the Edexcel specification. This is split into four ‘themes’. You will learn theme 1 and 2 in the first year and theme 3 and 4 in the second year. Mrs Daley will teach themes 1 and 4 and Mr Firth will teach themes 2 and 3. You will have eight lessons per week in total.

This will give you a rough idea of the order of the course. It is open to change.

Year 1

Half Term

Topic

Topic

Michaelmas 1

Theme 2: raising finance

Theme 1: meeting customer needs

Michaelmas 2

Theme 2: financial planning

Theme 1: the market

Lent 1

Theme 2: managing finance

Theme 1: marketing mix and strategy

Lent 2

Theme 2: resource management

Theme 1: managing people

Summer 1

Theme 2: external influences

Theme 1: entrepreneurs and leaders

Summer 2

Theme 2: consolidation and revision

Theme 1: consolidation and revision

 

There will be a full internal examination at the end of the first year. This will include two papers.

Year 2

Half Term

Topic

Topic

Michaelmas 1

Theme 3:

  • business objectives and strategy
  • business growth

Theme 4:

  • globalisation

Michaelmas 2

Theme 3:

  • decision-making techniques

Theme 4:

  • global markets and business expansion

Lent 1

Theme 3:

  • influences on business decisions
  • assessing competitiveness

Theme 4:

  • global marketing

Lent 2

Theme 3: managing change

Theme 4:

  • global industries and companies (multinational corporations).

Summer 1

Theme 3:

  • revision, consolidation and exam technique

Theme 4:

  • revision, consolidation and exam technique

Summer 2

 External examinations

 

 
 

Where does A Level Business Studies lead?

The course is rigorously academic and includes applied mathematics, application, analysis and evaluative skills. As such, it offers a gateway to many university courses and employers tend to like the direct experience of practical business issues that the course offers. The course is delivered in a way that also gives students experience of important non-examined skills such as organisation, leadership and presentation skills. These are skills that employers say are important for your future career prospects.

It sits well with host of other A levels including social sciences such as psychology as well as languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics and English.

For more information please contact Mr Firth through the school office.