Is this course for me?
This course will suit you if you wish to obtain a broad understanding of business both from a UK and International perspective.
What will I learn?
Over the two years will you learn about how businesses operate, how they make strategic decisions and choices as well as covering the functional areas of marketing, finance, operations management and human resource management.
What else will I gain?
Through doing A levels you us will also be on the enrichment programme at College. This gives you the opportunity to work on projects, go on visits and also attend various University events.
You will also have a personal tutor to assist you during your studies with us.
Why study this course at The Sheffield College?
This course is taught by teachers who have worked in industry for a considerable period of time, who are experienced and extremely enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge and expertise.
Students following this course will study business in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/small, UK focused/global, service/manufacturing.)
When examining these businesses students will focus closely on:
- the four functional areas of a business; finance, marketing, HR and operations
- the interrelated nature of business functions and how they affect competitiveness
the competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate
- the influences on functional decisions and plans (including ethical and environmental issues)
the importance of decision making and the factors that might determine whether a decision is successful e.g. the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty
- how technology is changing the way decisions are made
how businesses operate and compete
the impact of stakeholders on functional decisions and their response to such decisions
use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making (including the interpretation of index numbers and calculations such as ratios and percentages)
Students in the second year focus their knowledge to focus more on wider strategic decision-making. Students will have the opportunity to learn about:
the impact of technology on strategic decision making
the influences of Corporate Social Responsibility, ethical and environmental issues on strategic decisions
the difficulties in forecasting future trends
the importance of assessing feasibility and risk when making strategic decisions
the impact of stakeholders on strategic decisions and their response to such decisions.
Examinations for A level take place at the end of two years of study.
Some are based on pre-released case study material and/or research.
To study 3 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths
To study 4 A Levels: 6 GCSEs at Grade 6 or above, including English Language and Maths
Where will it lead?
Successful completion of this course can lead to study at Higher Education on Degree programmes, Foundation Degree programmes, and various HND programmes. The course is an excellent preparation for the subject routes of business studies, statistics, accountancy, financial services, law, and management.