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AS / A Level Business Studies

Overview

Business is a Social Science that studies commercial behaviour and strategy. Topics that you study include; Management Styles, Leadership qualities, Decision Making, Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management, Business strategy and managing change, The External Environment and Business Ethics. In essence, you study all the basic aspects of running a business.

Course Outline

This is a two year A Level course which consists of 3 Units.

Assessment

This course is assessed external examinations (100%) – There will be two one and a half hour exams at the end of Year 12, the results of which constitute your AS grade. You can choose to end the course at this stage and claim your AS grade. If you chose to continue with your studies, you forfeit your AS grade and there are a further three exams, each lasting two hours, where you are tested on the entire two years. The marks from these last three exams determine your final A Level Grade.

Examining Board

AQA

Special Entry Requirements

GCSE Maths grade C, GCSE English Grade C

Career Opportunities

The obvious career choice for students studying Business is to one day run their own business, but there are far more career paths one can study having gained a Business A Level, such as; Law (Solicitor/Lawyer), Politics, Banking, Business Management, Business consulting (advisor), Business Strategists, Investment banker, Currency Trader, Commodities Trader and Teaching. You will be highly equipped in entrepreneurial skills and it is hoped well placed to open your own business should this be your choice.

Teaching Methods

Each week you will be timetabled for four periods of 60 minutes each. During these lessons you will be taught Economic theory, apply that theory to real-world events and make presentations on various research topics. There is an extensive use of ICT and other forms of Media and. Your hours of study increase to five hours per week in Year 13.

Other information

Business students tend to take part in national competitions and many opt to attend overnight trips to London and beyond.

How is the course graded

How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)