A Level Business introduces students to the dynamics of business and the importance of strategic decision-making.
Students will develop essential skills necessary for success in higher education and the world of employment. The specification uses contemporary contexts, allowing learners to understand the strategic, complex and inter-related nature of business from a local to global perspective. This course is academically challenging and will require a keen interest in business and the world around us.
About the Curriculum
The course enables students to:
- Develop a holistic understanding of business and enterprise by investigating different types and sizes of organisations in various business sectors and environments.
- Analyse and evaluate business issues whilst increasing their knowledge and understanding of contemporary business opportunities and problems in a wide range of contexts.
- Investigate and interpret how businesses adapt to operate in dynamic markets from a range of perspectives.
- Appreciate the range of ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals.
- Apply a number of analytical techniques, including decision-making models, investment appraisal tools and ratio analysis, to investigate business strategies in different situations.
- Expand and use a range of generic skills including: decision-making and problem solving, critical analysis and numerical skills in order to make justifiable decisions using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
In the Upper Sixth, students will be examined in three units to give an A Level qualifications. Every exam will be two hours in length however the structure of the exam will vary:
- Business 1 is 33.3% of A Level: similar to Business 1 in the AS, it will consist of multiple choice questions with the addition of two essay questions.
- Business 2 is 33.3% of the A level: consists of 3 data response questions
- Business 3 is again 33.3% of the A level: one compulsory case study followed by 6 questions.
Our approach to teaching and learning in the Economics and Business department is founded on our ambition to inspire and illuminate. We are passionate about our subjects and strive to instil that enthusiasm into our students. Our pedagogy is varied, however we all ensure room for independent thought and provide countless opportunities for independence. Students are challenged through the material that we learn, and we build a culture of investigation and discussion into our lessons which enables students to succeed in the application of theories to varying world scenarios. We encourage the consistent reading of newspapers and magazines.
In addition to all activities in the classroom, there are numerous opportunities for students to widen their horizons. We have a thriving Lancing Enterprise activity where students build a company over a period of a year and learn the mechanics of how create a functioning and successful business. In addition, we often welcome speakers from the business world to offer insight into different industries and their challenges.