Business is front-page news. The way companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, while TV programmes like The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den have raised the profile of Business to a new generation. The new AQA specifications bring the subject up-to-date, enabling students to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of what business is and does.
The AQA content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society, such as digital technology, business ethics and globalisation. Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions; all skills that are needed for further study and employment. (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business-subjects/as-and-a-level)
Students will gain knowledge about what business really is and how managers and leaders engage in decision making. They will then go on to look at the decision making and how to improve performance of each of the functional areas of business. Learners will use their analytical skills as they move further in to the course and as they move in to A-Level year. They will understand the strategic movements within business and learn how this is managed.
Learners will take an active role in the delivery of lessons with regular presentations. They will look at a number of case studies and there is the potential for them to choose a business they have an interest in order to link their knowledge and understanding of the work they have learnt in lesson.
The AS course includes the following topics:
1. What is business?
2. Managers, leadership and decision making.
3. Decision making to improve marketing performance.
4. Decision making to improve operational performance.
5. Decision making to improve financial performance.
6. Decision making to improve human resource performance.
The A-level incorporates the same six topics as AS, plus the following additional topics:
1. Analysing the strategic position of a business.
2. Choosing strategic direction.
3. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies.
4. Managing strategic change.
In order to be able to follow this course, you need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 and a minimum of a grade 5 in English Language and in Maths. GCSE in Business Studies at grade 6 or above is expected.
There are thousands of Business related degree courses at university, including, Marketing, Event Management, Finance, Human Resources and Economics, these are BA (Hons) courses.
If you wish to study financial services at a higher level you may be interested in applying for the IFS BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management, a unique and specialist professional degree programme that provides unparalleled preparation for a career in financial services management.