Business Studies

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Course introduction

Fiona Fisher
A level Business Studies
Business is a subject which looks at the issues real businesses face. In the lessons, students examine these issues in an interactive way, learning about how to apply business theories and ideas to different contexts. Business is a challenging subject and you must be able to express yourself well in a written format, as the course relies heavily on completing essay based questions. You will also need to be a strong verbal communicator and will be expected to be familiar with current issues in business.



Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or above (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details). 

How will I be assessed?

100% examination

What will I study?

A level Business will introduce you to the dynamic business environment and the importance of entrepreneurial activity in creating business opportunities and sustaining business growth. You will gain an understanding of the important role played by small businesses in the economy and the opportunities that exist for entrepreneurs, as well as the importance of established business and not-for-profit organisations in providing goods and services.

You will start by looking at the concept of starting a new business and the issues that surround this. In order to succeed in a competitive market, you will learn about the core functions of business. You will apply a number of analytical techniques, including decision-making models, investment appraisal tools and ratio analysis, to investigate business opportunities and problems to determine business strategy in a range of contexts.

You will also focus on how businesses succeed in a dynamic external environment. The business world never stands still and there are continuous opportunities and threats to businesses of all sizes. Businesses now operate in a global marketplace and they need to consider a wide range of external factors that affect their day-to-day activities, decision-making and strategy.

Pre-course materials

Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.

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Bridging materials

For year 11 students who have applied and joining us in year 12

Where will this course lead me?

Students progress to a wide variety of university courses, especially in areas such as business, economics, management, retailing, enterprise, finance, accountancy and administration. It is a very useful starting point for careers in the business world.

On this course you will acquire a range of essential skills for Higher Education and employment including communication and team work skills as well as business skills such as decision-making, problem-solving, the challenging of assumptions and critical analysis.

Maths, Business, Sociology
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Maths, Business, Sociology
Where next?
Edge Hill – Policing

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Competitive sport

The college has a number of teams that play as part of the Association of College’s league and are very competitive each year. We play games on a Wednesday afternoon, so this will make up part of your time-table.

There will be trials for male and female football, male and female rugby league and netball on Wednesday 9th September at 1.30pm, meet at the Sports Hall. Following trials will be a pizza and soft drink meeting in the Sports Hall to give you more information on the season. Hockey and Basketball will follow during the first week. Details will be emailed.

  • Male Football
  • Female Football
  • Male Rugby League
  • Female Rugby League
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey