Business Studies

Entry requirements

4 in GCSE English Language and

4 in GCSE Maths

What will I study

Level 3:

This course is designed to develop your understanding of the requirements of the business sector. The course is made up of three compulsory and two option units chosen to match the needs of students and the skills of the teacher. The Business Environment: you will look at different business structures, how businesses interact as both competitors and partners.

You will also explore ethical and legal decision making and the impact of change internally and externally. Working in Business: you will cover the skills and understanding needed to work effectively within a business environment.

Customers and Communication: you will learn the purpose, methods and importance of communication in business and the appropriateness of different forms of communication for different situations. You will develop the skills that will help you create a rapport with customers and have the opportunity to practise and develop your business communication skills. In the remaining two units you will look into further aspects of business planning and decision making.

Level 2:

This is an introduction to business studies, starting with the vital role of administration for any business. You will explore the variety of roles which fall under the heading of administration and the important part technology plays including the use of social media. There are three compulsory modules: Principles of working in business administration; Understand the role of an administrator; Use social media for business purposes. In addition there is another module which will be decided by the teacher.

How will I be assessed?

50% externally assessed exams which include

  • multiple choice questions
  • short answer questions to which responses should be based on businesses that you have researched. The research brief will be pre-issued.
  • short answer and extended answer questions based on a given business scenario. Some of the questions will require the skills of analysis and evaluation.

50% internally assessed coursework

Is this subject for me?

If the thought of working in a business environment which is dynamic, competitive, uncertain and frequently hostile excites you, then this is the course for you. During this course you will learn about how to minimise the risks associated with running a business by careful planning and being prepared to adapt to external conditions. Whether your aim is to be a manager, charity worker or entrepreneur, understanding all aspects of business is key to ensuring that the business in which you work reaches its full potential. 

Where can this lead me?

This course will  prepare you for business related university or apprenticeship courses. 
A knowledge of business and business processes can be useful in many different jobs including roles within administration and clerical work, accountancy, banking and finance, and retail sales and customer services. It will also be useful if you are thinking about setting up your own business or being self-employed in the future.  

What else is there?

You will develop a range of skills relating to – for example – research, analysis, evaluation, communication, working with others and independence. Debating competitions, conferences and off-site visits also make a valuable contribution to learning within this course.

As a technical subject there will also be an element of employer involvement in the course, using our extensive local business network.

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