Business is front-page news. The operations of corporate giants are under scrutiny more than ever before, whilst television programmes like Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice have raised the profile of Business to a new generation. This course enables students to engage with, explore and analyse business behavior and develop a critical understanding of what Business is and does. Business students therefore study current affairs and topical issues that can generate change for business organisations and startegys businesses employ to respond to these issues.
Here at All Saints we involve our sixth form Business students in a number of activities to develop a depth of understanding about how academic study relates to real life. Students are therefore encouraged to take part in competitions such as the BiG Challenge, which is an opportunity for students to pitch their business ideas, test their products and sharpen their presentation skills.
1) What is business
2) Managers, leadership and decision making
3) Decision making to improve marketing performance
4) Decision making to improve operational performance
5) Decision making to improve financial performance
6) Decision making to improve HR performance
7) Analysing the strategic position of a business
8) Choosing strategic direction
9) Strategic methods – How to pursue strategies
10) Managing strategic change
3 written examinations of 2 hours, made up of multiple choice, data response, essay and case study questions.
GCSE Grade 4 in Business if taken or Merit in BTEC Business if taken.
Students develop skills in applying knowledge and analysing different types of data in order to tackle problems and issues arising from both familiar and unfamiliar situations. Students will enhance their skills in decision making and communication by evaluating various options and reaching judgments, distinguishing and assessing the appropriateness of fact and opinion from a variety of sources.
The course lays the foundation for any further study of business or related subjects in higher education. Possible careers include: Management, Banking, Insurance, Human Resources, Accountancy and Finance.