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Holmer Green Senior School

Holmer Green Senior School

Business A Level

We aim to get to know you and your aspirations, and to enable you to achieve your potential though up to date courses designed with students in mind. Your values and enthusiasm are as important as the skills and knowledge you develop, so the curriculum offers interest and challenges by applying learning to real business organisations and real-time business news.  

Whether you want to lead a business, run your own business, or understand organisations for your future career in a business, our vision is to develop real world, enterprising, and employability skills for tomorrow's leaders and to prepare our students for an ever changing and challenging business environment. Students who engage fully will leave with the skills necessary to be entrepreneurial, independent learners, confident presenters and strong team players with a sound understanding of the world in which they live. You will work on case studies to develop your functional and transferable skills, your ability to critically analyse, your cultural capital, your passion and your ability to demonstrate these qualities. 

Learning is a mixture of teacher-led and student led, with resources from books to worksheets, to case studies and online videos for consolidating knowledge and understanding. You’ll be tested regularly on your knowledge and will learn to apply it very soon, with focus on improving your analytical skills and ability to evaluate business decisions. Essay skills are built up throughout the course. You’ll know how you’re progressing by tracking your performance and looking for ways to improve, just as any entrepreneur would. 

Course content

A level Business is taught as 10 topics, with 1-5 in Year 12 and 6-10 in Year 13. It differs from GCSE Business because we look more at decisions that can be made to improve the business. If a student hasn’t done GCSE, it’s possible to catch up by reading about the basics ahead of when we study or by learning and practising some of the business finance basics (you will be given a schedule). 

· What is a business? 

· Managers, leaders & decision making 

· Marketing decisions 

· Operational decisions 

· Financial performance 

· Human Resources decisions 

· Strategic positioning 

· Strategic direction 

· Strategic methods 

· Change management 

Assessment criteria 

Skills build on GCSE skills with fewer marks from knowledge and more from use of your knowledge. Students are assessed on :

· knowledge -  terms, concepts, models, diagrams 

· Application & Understanding - using knowledge in context 

· Analysis – ability to use lines of reasoning showing cause & effect 

· Evaluation - arguments and judgements on the use or relevance of a concept or theory

There are three exams at the end of Year 13. 

Head of Subject: Ms M Edwards

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements

5 in Business, 5 in English Lit or Lang and 5 in Maths

Are you interested in?

How businesses operate, marketing strategies of companies, understanding finances, understanding the fundamentals of setting up and running a business, understanding corporate strategy. 

Leading to a career in:

Accountant, HR manager, Marketing manager, Logistics director, Entrepreneur, retail, HR, Banking & Finance, Operations management, most careers. 

This subject goes well with:

Maths, Psychology, ICT, Design & Technology (most subjects). If you’re considering both Business and Economics, talk to Ms Neal so that you’re taking care not to narrow your options too quickly. 

Student views

“It’s a subject which is beneficial for future life as it helps with skills and gives ideas about applications of business techniques.”