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Key Stage 5 Business Studies

AS/A-Level Business Studies is a popular and challenging subject to study in Sixth Form.  A keen interest in creative thinking and problem solving is essential.  The topical nature of business make it a fascinating addition to any choice of A-Levels.  In recent years our attention has been directed to issues such as fair trade, business ethics, global warming and economic uncertainty.  We have seen firms like Starbucks accused of tax avoidance in the UK and Tesco suppliers using horse meat in their supply chain.  Firms like Blockbuster Video, Comet and HMV were unable to adapt to the changing business world while LoveFilm, Apple and Aldi have taken advantage.  We investigate marketing strategies, finance, operations, human resources and business strategy.  It is also important to look at the changing business environment e.g. new technology, the economy, globalisation and see how firms can adapt.  A whole host of careers are possible from studying A-Level and BTEC Level 3 Business.  Many of our students go on to read Business related degrees at university including management, marketing, advertising as well as international management degrees.

A-Level Business Studies introduces students to a range of challenges and issues faced when starting a new business.  They will cover the key areas of finance, marketing, HR and operations as well as investigating case studies to see how successful business strategies have been implemented.  Finally they will look at changes in the broad business environment and how businesses respond to these challenges.  At Bishop Thomas Grant School, we follow the AQA specification.

The BTEC Diploma in Business is a nationally-recognised qualification equivalent to one A-Level, which is offered at Bishop Thomas Grant in conjunction with the BTEC National Diploma in ICT, which is equivalent to two A-Levels.  This makes the combined package worth three A-Levels.  The Diploma in Business provides learners with the opportunity to develop a comprehensive range of business skills and personal attributes that will allow them to gain employment in business or to go on to higher study at university.  The compulsory core modules develop in learners an understanding of the business environment, the management of resources, marketing and communication – all fundamental to the success of business organisations.  The optional units will cover business accounting and the issues involved in starting a small business.  Learners will produce individual reports, although much of the work will be done in groups.  All units are assessed through coursework.  We also offer the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business which is equivalent to one A-Level plus the BTEC Diploma in Business (equivalent to two A-Levels).