Business is a dynamic and relevant subject which will show you how businesses approach marketing and PR, finance, production, personnel management and strategic decision-making. You will look at how factors in the outside world affect business and society.
Our aim is to study all the major aspects of the corporate world and the significant factors which influence business performance and success. This is not a dry factual study – we concern ourselves with how real businesses are making decisions today and focus on enterprise and entrepreneurship as real life decisions.
Former students have progressed on to some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Manchester, the University of Durham, the University of Liverpool and Lancaster University. They are reading challenging and interesting degree programmes such as Business Management, Accounting and Finances, Law with Business Studies.
A-Level Year 1
Theme 1 – Marketing and People Students will develop and understanding of:
- Meeting customer needs
- The market
- Marketing mix and strategy
- Managing people
- Entrepreneurs and leaders
Theme 2 – Managing Business Activities Students will develop and understanding of:
- Raising finance
- Financial planning
- Managing finance
- Resource management
- External influences
A-Level Year 2
Theme 3 – Business Decisions and Strategy Students will develop and understanding of:
- Business objectives and strategy
- Business growth
- Decision-making techniques
- Influences on business decisions
- Assessing competitiveness
- Managing change
Theme 4 – Global Business Students will develop and understanding of:
- Global markets and business expansion
- Global marketing
- Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)
A-Level Year 1 There are two exams at AS each worth half of your AS qualification. Each exam lasts for one hour and 30 minutes and is worth 80 marks. The exams consist of short answer and extended writing questions.
A-Level Year 2 At A-Level there are three exams. Each accounts for one third of your A-Level. The three exams last two hours and are worth 100 marks each. The exams consist of a mixture of short answer and extended writing questions.
Business Studies Staff
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Mrs P. Smith
I have always found Business an interesting subject to teach because it is so relevant to our everyday lives. Students enjoy learning about how businesses operate and react to the external world, especially if those businesses, whether local, national or international, are contemporary to them. I particularly enjoy showing how the local business environment has changed over time so that students have an awareness of what has happened in their own locality. It gives me great satisfaction to know that what I am teaching students will be relevant to them in their future lives and careers as many of the skills they learn in Business can be taken straight into the workplace.
Mr P. Winter
I fell in love with teaching when I was in school myself. I had some really amazing business teachers who truly inspired me; igniting a passion in me for the subject. I went on to do my degree in business and marketing and eventually a PGCE in business education. Teaching business gives me freedom to develop student skills. I am able to deliver a range of fun and engaging activities which allow my students to gain real-world skills, whilst also developing socially as individuals to become a key part of the society in which they live.
A-Level Grade A* - B in 2015
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