Business Studies

Course Information

Have you thought about being the next contestant on The Apprentice or have had several ideas worthy of pitching in Dragon's Den?

Would you like to select an A Level which is good enough to turn employers’ heads when applying for employment and enjoyable and interesting to study?

Key Facts

Business Studies and Marketing graduates had a higher post-graduation employment rate (72%) than any other subject discipline. See www.gradfutures.com. Management Studies students earn, on average, more upon graduation than virtually any other discipline. According to my conversations with admissions managers from top business schools, graduate salaries of £35-40,000 are commonplace alongside placement salaries of £25,000-£30,000.

Business Studies is ideal if you are looking for an up-to-date, relevant course which has direct use in your life! This course will give you a head start whether you go on to university or into the work place. Business Studies will equip you with skills that you will refer to throughout your life.

There will also be an opportunity to take part in national competitions, such as Student Investor, as well as working with real life businesses to help find solutions to their problems. Previous students have been involved with the company that market Olbas Oil or Jakemans products (Lane's Health Ltd), played a consultancy role to help increase sales in another local company and worked with the Newent and District Business Club.

The specification is changing for September 2015 so it will be updated to include recent business events and case studies and consist of the following:

  • Theme 1: Marketing and people
  • Theme 2: Managing business activities
  • Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy
  • Theme 4: Global business

Trips and Visits

In December 2014 we are taking GCSE students to Cadbury World where we use A Level Business Studies students as supervisors.

In October Half Term 2015 we are planning to take a group of Year 12 and 13 Business and Economics students to New York. Trip launch to follow shortly.

Just before students start their examinations we invite in previous examiners to assist students with examination preparation.

Entry Requirements

A good standard of literacy and numeracy is expected in this subject. A minimum of C grades in Mathematics and English Language or English Literature are necessary.

Career Pathway

Students will apply their knowledge and understanding to real-life business contexts, with updated content to reflect the issues impacting on modern businesses and real business case studies in all assessments. Students will develop transferable skills that support higher education study and the transition to employment, including numeracy, communication, an understanding of the business environment and commercial awareness.

Students can progress from this qualification to:

  • Higher education courses such as business management, business administration, accountancy and finance, human resource management, marketing, retail management, tourism management and international business
  • A wide range of careers ranging from banking, sales, product management and general management to working in public sector organisations or charities.

Should you like to receive any additional information on this course please contact

Miss Catherine Llewellyn – Learning Lead
cllewellyn@newent.gloucs.sch.uk

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