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What interests should I have if I want to take this course?
 
Students should consider taking this option if they hold an interest in running a business of their own, or in working in a larger organisation.  This course allows students a broad experience of the key business functions, and will allow students to focus on organisations that operate Local, National and International levels. The range of topics also allows for students who are unsure of which pathway to follow into university, an opportunity to sample other potential choices.
 
What will I learn about?
 
Have you ever wondered how and why Apple created the iPhone? How do businesses grow to become as successful as Nike or Nissan? Why do some people choose to start their own businesses? This course will give you an understanding of all the main areas of business, from how they are set up and organised to how they manage their finances and motivate their workers.
 
A level Business Topics:
 
All topic areas on the specification are listed below.  Any topic could be assessed on any of the three A level Business exams.  
  • Business objectives and strategic decisions
  • External influences facing businesses
  • Marketing and marketing strategies
  • Operational strategy
  • Human resources
  • Accounting and financial considerations
Importantly, each of the exams focuses on a different context.  The first will focus on small to medium-sized businesses, the  second will examine businesses operating on a national scale and the final exam will examine businesses that operate on an international scale.
 
How will I be assessed?
 
There are three compulsory units in A level Business which will be completed at the end of Year 13.
  • Operating in a local business environment (01*), 80 marks, 2 hour written paper.  33.33% of total A level.
  • The UK business environment (02*), 80 marks, 2 hour written paper.  33.33% of total A level.
  • The global business environment (03*), 80 marks, 2 hour written paper.  33.33% of total A level.  
What minimum qualifications will I need to start the course?
 
Grade 4 in English Language and Maths and an average GCSE points score of 4 and C in Business if taken.
 
What Teaching and Learning methods will be used?
 
A variety of teaching methods will be used to enable you to complete your units. The following are some examples of the methods currently used:
  • Working independently and as part of a team
  • Completing short tasks and larger projects
  • Analysing case study material both independently and with others in a group
  • Investigating real examples of local and national businesses and how they operate
  • Researching businesses through the internet and other sources
  • Producing and delivering presentations
The staff within the Business & Enterprise Department are always supportive and approachable and will willingly provide help and guidance throughout your course.
 
What can I do when I complete my qualifications?
 
This is a useful qualification whatever you want to go on to study. It will give you experience of studying in ways similar to what you will experience at university. It is particularly useful for continuing onto any business, finance or management degree. Equally it will provide you with an excellent foundation if you are looking to go into a business related employment after school or starting your own enterprise!
 
How can I find out more information?
 
If you have any further questions please contact Mr Green or Mr Snowdon in the Business & Enterprise Department. You can find full details of the specification at www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications.