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Business in the Sixth Form

In the sixth form we offer three Business Courses: A Level Business, BTEC Business and BTEC Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.
What is the difference between an A Level and a BTEC?

The A Level in Business is 100% exam based, whereas the BTEC is divided into coursework, a controlled assessment task and an exam. It is your choice as to whether you feel that you complete coursework better then exams, or vice versa. Both the A Level and BTEC Business course are the equivalent to one full A Level, and both courses gain UCAS points for applying to university.

A Level Business

Exam board: AQA

Minimum entry requirements 
A minimum of a 5 in both English and Maths GCSE
What is the course about?

 You do not need to have studied Business at GCSE in order to take an A-level course in this subject.  It is more important that you should have an interest in current affairs and the business world and that you are able to communicate your ideas effectively.

In Year 1, you will be introduced to the challenges and issues involved in starting a business including financial planning, internal functions of a business and business efficiency.  In Year 2, you will look at strategies for larger businesses, how external factors can affect businesses and how businesses can manage change.

A Level lays a solid foundation for further study of Business or related subjects in higher education, as well as being strongly related to courses in Accounting, Economics, Marketing and Human Resources.

Examination detail:

Students will study for two years for the full Business A Level qualification, and will take all exams at the end of Year 2 (the end of Year 13) as the course is linear.

Subject content
  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
  7. Analysing the strategic position of a business (A-level only)
  8. Choosing strategic direction (A-level only)
  9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies (A-level only)
  10. Managing strategic change (A-level only)
A Level exams

BTEC Level 3 in Business

Exam board: Pearson Edexcel

Minimum entry requirements
A minimum of a 4 in English Language GCSE
What is the course about?

 A business is any activity that provides goods or services, whether that is to make a profit or not. The common thread in business is that owners and employees are striving to satisfy customers. More often, customers are more informed and have more options in terms of what they buy and who they buy from, so a successful business is one that balances satisfying their customers with selling products or providing services.

On this course, you will gain an overview of the key ingredients for business success, how businesses are organised, how they communicate, the characteristics of the environment in which they operate, and how this shapes them and their activities. You will also look at the importance of innovation and enterprise to the success and survival of businesses, with the associated risks and benefits.

By developing relevant business knowledge and understanding, this course will help you to progress to employment, vocational training and higher apprenticeships, or higher education.

Course Layout

BTEC Level 3 in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Exam board: Pearson Edexcel

Minimum entry requirements

 A minimum of a 4 in English Language GCSE.

What is the course about?

Enterprise is important because it is the creation of new ventures that drive the economy, employment, growth and innovation across the UK. Entrepreneurs are those who take that first brave step, identify an opportunity and start their own enterprise. They have a clear vision and the determination to put their ideas into practice. We can all name a famous entrepreneur, but what is it that makes them so successful? What are the personal skills, qualities and characteristics that make them unique? Which attributes do they have that allow them to plan and run their enterprise?

On this course, you will gain an overview of the importance of both enterprise and entrepreneurs to the local and national economy. You will explore their creativity and mindset as you look at real-life enterprise and entrepreneurs, and investigate the skills required to be successful. You will also look at the risks, opportunities and constraints faced by entrepreneurs in setting up their venture, assess the feasibility of a range of potential enterprise opportunities and then develop and present one idea for a local enterprise. This course will help you progress to employment by helping to develop key employability skills, or to vocational training, higher apprenticeships or higher education by developing relevant knowledge and understanding.

Course layout

Plus one optional unit

The sections of both of the BTEC Level 3 courses are outlined below: