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Business Studies 

Subject overview: Business and related subjects (finance, accounting, management and economics) are among the most popular fields of study at universities worldwide. Why? Well, business touches on pretty much every aspect of modern human society. Careers with a business degree are diverse and often highly paid. Anyone who is planning on working in industry and any prospective entrepreneurs should consider studying business, however all people should learn as much about business as possible as knowledge about how businesses operate helps increase competitiveness in the job market and to understand how businesses influence our world. Business Studies is therefore highly desirable for many careers, whether they are directly business related or as a useful complement to another career path.

What we cover in each year group: Edexcel GCSE Business Studies. This course starts in Year 9 with the key issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. Year 11 builds on this introduction by examining how a business develops and grows beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on practical methods used to build up a business, with an emphasis on aspects of marketing, customer service, financial and people management. It also considers the impact of the wider world on the success or failure of a business. 

Edexcel GCE A Level Business Studies   
Year 12 Year 13
Theme 1: Marketing and People. In this theme, students are introduced to the market, explore marketing and people functions and investigate entrepreneurs and business start up.   
Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy. In this theme, students explore the influences on business strategy and decision-making. Students  build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in Theme 2 and make connections across these two themes. 
Theme 2: Managing Business Activities. In this theme, students explore  finance and operations functions, and investigate  external influences on business.   Theme 4: Global Business. In this theme, students explore business activity in a global context. Students will need to build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in previous themes.     
AQA Applied General in Business                                                            
This new for 2016 qualification is on a par with A-levels and is designed for learners over the age of 16 who wish to continue their education through a mix of applied learning and exams rather than purely exam assessed.            
Year 12 Year 13
Unit 1 Financial Planning and Analysis (External Examination) Unit 4 Managing and Leading People (External Examination)
Unit 2 Business Dynamics (Internally Centre Assessed) Unit 5 Developing a Business Proposal (Internally Centre Assessed)
Unit 3 Entrepreneurial Opportunities (External Assignment)
Unit 7 Managing an Event: Additional Optional Unit                 (Internally Centre Assessed) 

Qualifications and pathways: Business Studies suits students who wish to follow either the academic route through university as well as those who decide that they are more suited to an apprenticeship. Careers related to Business qualifications are numerous and include:
Chartered Management Accountant                             Corporate investment Banker
Insurance Underwriter                                                  Management Consultant
Operational Researcher                                                 Product Manager
Human Resources Officer                                             Logistics and Distribution
Marketing Executive                                                     Retail Manager                         
Sales Executive                                                             Systems Analyst                          
…as well as providing a sound basis for anyone thinking of launching their own business! 

Enrichment opportunities: We organise visits and student conferences which give varied insights into the ways actual businesses operate. We also ensure students get coaching from examiners on how to get the very best grades in their exams. In Year 10 and 12 you also get the chance to invest a virtual £100,000 into stocks and shares via the Student Investor challenge. You pit your wits against thousands of other students across the country to see who can generate the biggest returns and pick the best investments.