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Course Content

The course will give you the opportunity to:

  • analyse characteristics and activities of business organisations and how they respond to the changing demands of their environments;
  • develop an understanding of how effective managers and leaders develop successful organisations in terms of customer focus and the products/services they offer;
  • reflect on how successful business organisations engage in financial and accounting practices to maximise value for stakeholders value;
  • develop knowledge that relates to strategic planning and decision-making to ensure business survival, change, and sustainable success;
  • develop and demonstrate an awareness of current business issues ;
  • develop a solid foundation for further study.

Key Features

You will be introduced to Business in Themes 1 (Marketing and People) and 2 (Managing Business Activities) to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work.  Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 (Business Decisions and Strategy) and 4 (Global Business), requiring you to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.  You will be encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

You are encouraged to participate in the Young Enterprise Scheme which will give you the opportunity to create and manage a new business you have created and developed as part of a team.  The Young Enterprise Scheme allows you to gain valuable practical experience, working and competing with groups of Sixth-Formers from other local schools involved in the scheme.



This is a 100% exam based subject where you will be assessed by data response and extended open response questions.  You will sit three papers at the end of two years. 


Career Opportunities

This course will prepare you for a wide range of any career choices, as today’s society requires an understanding of the principles of business.  This course is relevant to those interested in business management, marketing, advertising, media, financial management, accounting, business law, human resource management, banking or retailing in the public or private sector.

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