Business

The A Level in Business Studies is a great qualification for students interested in studying Business nationally and internationally. Taught by specialist teachers using a wide range of teaching methods and interactive resources including trips, competitions and speakers.

Housed in the historic core of Queen's College, the department, known as 'The Covers,' comprises purpose-designed classrooms fully equipped with the latest technology.

Understanding business is fundamental to most careers these days and many of our students who undertake the A Level course go on to business courses at Higher Education.

Although you will consider a variety of business questions supported by theory, the emphasis is on your ability to analyse business problems and evaluate your own solutions to these problems.

You are required to take an interest in current business affairs through the watching of relevant television programmes, reading quality newspapers and magazines and using the internet.

Careers for Business Studies graduates are far reaching and include progression into jobs in accountancy, human resources, personnel and management as well as banking. 67% of business graduates find a job within six months of leaving university – ahead of other general subjects.

In Year 12, you study Themes 1 and 2 and, in Year 13, Themes 3 and 4

Theme 1 Marketing and People

Theme 2 Managing Business Activities

Students will develop an understanding of:

 meeting customer needs

 the market

 marketing mix and strategy

 managing people

 entrepreneurs and leaders.

Students will develop an understanding of:

 raising finance

 financial planning

 managing finance

 resource management

 external influences.

Theme 3 Business Decisions and Strategies

Theme 4 Global Business

This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2. Students willdevelop an understanding of:

 business objectives and strategy

 business growth

 decision-making techniques

 influences on business decisions

 assessing competitiveness

 managing change.

This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 1. Students will develop an understanding of:

 globalisation

 global markets and business

expansion

 global marketing

 global industries and companies

(multinational corporations).

 

How is Pearson Edexcel A Level in Business assessed?

There are three examination papers at the end of the course, each paper is two hours long.

Paper 1 Short-answer, data response and essay questions from Themes 1 and 4

Paper 2 Short-answer, data response and essay questions from Themes 2 and 3

Paper 3 The questions in the exam – data response and essay questions – cover concepts and theory from the whole course and students study a pre-release context prior to the examination

How will I be taught?

Students are taught by subject specialists,  including the Head of Department. We use a wide range of approaches including:

  • Case studies
  • TV/Video clips
  • Examination skill development through essay writing and practice exam questions
  • Visits, conferences and outside speakers
  • Extensive resources and support materials on our own Google Classroom
  • Reading study texts and note-taking
  • Seminar style group work
  • Interactive quizzes and competitions using tools such as Kahoot!.

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© 2016 - 2019 QUEEN’S COLLEGE, TRULL ROAD, TAUNTON, SOMERSET TA1 4QS

Methodist Independent Schools Trust

Registered Office: Methodist Church House. 25 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR

Charity No. 1142794. Company No. 7649422