Business and it A-Level For 16-19 Year Olds

A Level Business Studies

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Have you ever wondered how companies like Apple, McDonald's, and Facebook came to be as successful as they are? Or why is it that we continually buy from the same brands time and time again? A Level Business will give you an insight into the inner workings of these successful businesses and look at what makes them tick.

EXAMINATION BOARD: Edexcel

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Grade 4 in GCSE English and maths. Grade 4 or BTEC Pass in business (if studied at school). You do not need to have studied GCSE Business to study A Level Business.

Why study A Level Business Studies at Blackpool Sixth?

If you are looking for a subject that is dynamic and offers you the chance to generate your own ideas and views about real-life business examples and be able to discuss them in class in a range of different interactive ways then A Level Business is for you. Everything you look at in A Level Business are real-life scenarios that businesses have gone through for example looking at the causes of the collapse of Thomas Cook and Intu and whether could it have been prevented or will Brexit be good or bad for businesses? By using real-life scenarios, you will be able to get a sense of what is happening in the real world and use this to further your knowledge of the subject. It is safe to say you will never be bored when it comes to business and no two lessons are ever the same.

How will I be taught?

Within the classroom you will be asked to work both independently and in groups to complete tasks around the topics you will be learning about. You will also be asked to complete small presentations to the class. Outside of the classroom, you will be asked to conduct research tasks and read around the subject using different sources such as news channels and websites as well as blogs, newspapers, and social media to formulate your opinion and use this in class for discussions and debates.

Teacher expertise

You will be taught by teachers who have previous experience within the industry. Dan has, in the past, helped support and manage family-run businesses in Blackpool including a restaurant, and has been interviewed to appear on the TV show The Apprentice. He has also worked for 3 years as an A Level Business examiner. Alison has over 20 years of experience in teaching Business and Leadership at post-16 and within the workplace as well as working in partnership with Lancaster and Salford University on managing their BA(Hons) courses in Travel and Events Management.

What skills will I develop?

  • A broad and general knowledge of the business world.
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking.
  • Research skills
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Teamwork and collaborative problem-solving
  • Time-management
  • Independent study skills
  • Quantitative skills
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How will I be assessed?

100% examination:

  • Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses (35% of the total qualification)
  • Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy (35% of the total qualification)
  • Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment (30% of the total qualification) Throughout the two years you will also complete smaller in class assessments to check progress through the course.

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What will you study and other information about A Level Business Studies

Where does it lead?

In the past, we have had students go onto to study a range of business-related courses that fit in with their overall career path. These have included Business Management, International Business, Business and Marketing but also Business and Fashion, Business with Accountancy and Business and Tourism. Students have been accepted to some of the most prestigious universities in the UK including Durham, Nottingham, Lancaster, Manchester and Cambridge. Students have also gained access to some highly prestigious apprenticeships which have included KPMG, JP Morgan, Ernst Young, Champion Accountancy, Victrex and BAE just to name a few.

Our Alumni

Elliott Gray-Medd, class of 23

HIGH SCHOOL: Cardinal Allen Catholic High School

Elliott studied level 2 and 3 BTEC Health and Social Care, GCSE English and GCSE Maths at Blackpool Sixth. He is now working as a teaching assistant at Red Marsh School. He said “The staff are amazing and so supportive. I wouldn’t be where I am without them!”

Yulan ChanDelaney, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Montgomery Academy

Congratulations to Yulan ChanDelaney for achieving excellent grades in her A Levels! Yulan has excelled with A grades in Biology and her Extended Project and B grades in Chemistry and Religion, Ethics and Philosophy. We are delighted to announce that Yulan will be attending the University of Leeds in the coming academic year to study medicine. Best of luck with your future studies, Yulan!

Adam Walker, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Millfield Science & Performing Arts College

Adam has achieved an impressive Double Distinction star in BTEC Music and a Merit in BTEC Business at Blackpool Sixth. We are thrilled to announce that Adam will be pursuing Creative Musicianship at ICMP, and we cannot wait to see where his passion for music takes him!

Luke Moore, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Lytham St Annes Technology & Performing Arts College

Luke is an incredibly talented student who excelled in BTEC Performing Arts – Musical Theatre, achieving an impressive Triple Distinction Star grade. Luke has decided to take a gap year to audition for colleges but dreams to attend a top London-based college, and eventually make it to the West End. We have no doubt that Luke will achieve great success in his future!

Thirisha Varatharajan, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Baines School

Thirisha Varatharajan has excelled in her biology A Level with a grade of B, as well as chemistry and mathematics A Levels, both with a grade of A. We are proud to announce that Thirisha will be attending the University of Liverpool in the upcoming academic year. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours and can’t wait to see what she will achieve next!

Maddie robinson, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Carr Hill

Maddie Robinson has received a Double Distinction Star and a Distinction in Health & Social Care (Triple). We are thrilled to hear that Maddie plans to progress into employment at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, and we are confident that she will excel in this role. Maddie’s hard work and dedication have clearly paid off, and we wish her all the best with her future. Well done, Maddie!

David Speight, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Highfield Leadership Academy

David Speight gained an A grade in A Level Photography and a Double Distinction Star in BTEC Film and Television. We are proud to announce that he will be moving onto a Level 3 Content Creator Apprenticeship at Ascent Trampoline Park.

Sarah Grogan, class of 23

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL: Montgomery Academy

Sarah has recently received A* grades in maths and physics, as well as an A in economics. We are thrilled to announce that Sarah will be attending Cambridge University to pursue her studies in economics.

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