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Why study Business?

Business is an extremely popular subject. It is a useful subject for a wide variety of university courses and, of course, for the world of work. This subject is concerned with day-to-day issues affecting Business and students therefore can relate to the concepts covered, through their study and keeping up to date with current events.

Business takes the viewpoint of the organisation and is concerned with the process of decision making short and long term within the organisation. Students study the interrelated nature of Business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations. All study is within real business situations and shows the need to consider all aspects of impact that any decision taken may have. Internal factors – operational, financial, human resources and marketing are considered together with external factors of competition, economic and social environments. The topics lend themselves to studying and engaging with the business world. The specification and assessment encourages students to follow business developments and think critically about contemporary business issues.

Why at Salesian College?

Salesian College offers excellent facilities in which to study Business. The students learn in an extremely hospitable environment. Students are challenged both in and outside of the classroom. Activities include national competitions based on share-trading as well as visits to BMW Mini, Bank of England, City of London and New York to experience how business is conducted in the US . External speakers are used to link the subject matter to future career aspirations of the students and the teachers have an abundance of knowledge and expertise, gained from previous work experience that is brought into the classroom.

What does the Business course involve?

Business follows the AQA syllabus and is examined at the end of Year 12 (AS) and at the end of Year 13 (A Level)

Year 12 syllabus

  • What is Business
  • Leadership and Management
  • Decision making to improve marketing, operations, financial and human resource performance

Assessment: Paper 1 = 33.3% and Paper 2 = 50%

Year 13 syllabus
Strategic decision making:

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • How to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

Assessment: Paper 1 = 33.3%
Paper2 = 33.3%
Paper3 = 33.3%

Skills required

As a student of Business you will need to be interested in business and the economy, be comfortable with basic mathematics and be capable of writing coherent English. The understanding of concepts, terminology and theory are the key to success. There is no need to have studied GCSE Business Studies to take this subject.

What the Business Department offers in teaching and resources

All students learn in a well-resourced centre, with an extensive reference library in the department. Throughout the course, material is examined from textbooks, case studies, magazines and quality newspapers. Current affairs programmes are also important as well as up-to-date documentaries following topical issues.

What is expected from Business students?

You will be expected to have a keen interest in Business and ultimately must apply your knowledge outside of the classroom environment each and every day to get the most from the course. You will be expected to be proactive with work and have a good attitude in relation to completing work on time.

What can an A Level in Business lead to?

Many students go to university to follow courses in Business related subjects, for example, Accountancy, Business Management, International Marketing and have careers in Banking, Insurance, Government, Finance, Operations Management, International Marketing, Public Relations, Human Resource Management. Many students go on to set up their own business and to be successful entrepreneurs.