Business A Level

Qualification: GCE A Level in Business
Exam board & Specification Code: AQA; 7132; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: C/4 English Language GCSE and C/4 in Maths GCSE.
Please make sure that you have understood the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.
Length and size of qualification: 2 year single course, equivalent to 1 A level
Timetable hours: 4.5 hours per week
Assessment method: 3 x 2 hour exams
BHASVIC Department: Business and Economics
Head of Department: Andrew Shepherd

What will I study?

Business Studies allows you to develop a critical understanding of business by investigating and analysing real-life business successes and business failures. You can then use this invaluable knowledge to succeed in any career! Before and throughout this course students are encouraged to read up on businesses (brands, sports clubs, festivals, cars etc) that they are interested in. We’d also expect students to take an interest in current affairs so that they can begin to understand the causes and effects of consumer, business and Government behaviour. It includes elements of Marketing, Accountancy, Strategic Planning, managing employees and Economics. You will develop your skills of independence and level 3 evaluative exam skills.

Is this course right for me?

You need a genuine interest in businesses and the world outside of education. You need to be able to work individually or in groups to research into or discuss a particular business situation, questioning at every opportunity. Business is a subject that requires students to learn theories, and identify and assess them in business case studies. There is therefore a substantial element of reading and writing. Analysing data and communicating using written, numerical, visual and verbal methods are all part of the course. Students are expected to study given basic business theory before every week so that we can use this self-taught knowledge to explore real business case studies and effectively answer exam questions. Business complements all subjects because every student will be an employee at some point, whether as an engineer, a dancer etc, so will benefit from critiquing businesses.

Where next?

This subject can take you in many different directions such as Marketing, Finance, HR, Logistics and Retail. It provides an insight into functions that are relevant to all sectors of the economy and employment routes. Whatever your skillset, there is a role within a business to suit you, from customer facing roles to financial analysis. The skills you gain on the course will allow you to make a valuable contribution to a business in the future. A Degree Apprenticeship in Chartered Management also exists for students to progress on to after BHASVIC. Useful websites to research careers and wider progression options could include the Chartered Institute of Management, All About Careers and The Apprenticeship Guide.

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