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Canon Slade School

Canon Slade School As a Church of England School, we seek to provide
an excellent education within a Christian environment
to fulfil individual potential and to prepare pupils
for life and service in a rapidly changing world. Ora et Labora
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Business Studies - A Level

What does the course aim to do?

  • Appreciate the contribution from individual businesses to entire markets and the broader economy.
  • Understand a range of concepts and to be able to use them in a variety of contexts.
  • Use and enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business and to think like a business leader.
  • Understand that business can be studies from a range of perspectives.
  • Develop analytical and quantitative skills, together with the qualities and attitudes that will equip students for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult working life.

What will I be studying?

 Theme 1: Marketing and People

  • Meeting customer needs
  • The Market
  • Marketing Mix and strategy
  • Managing people
  • Entrepreneurs and Leaders

Theme 2: Managing business activities 

  • Raising Finance
  • Financial Planning 
  • Managing Finance 
  • Resource Management 
  • External Influences

Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy

  • Business objectives and strategy
  • Business Growth
  • Decision making techniques
  • Influences on business decisions 
  • Assessing competitiveness
  • Managing Change 

Theme 4: Global business

  • Globalisation
  • Global markets and business expansion
  • Global marketing 
  • Global Industries and companies

How will I be assessed?

Edexcel- All written papers

Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses, (Theme 1 and 4)- 2 hours -35%

Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy, (Themes 2 and 3)- 2 hours- 35%

Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive market, (pre-released context document Themes 1,2, 3 and 4) - 2hours - 30%

Am I suited to this subject?

You should possess an interest in the U.K and global businesses and economies and the way in which businesses operate and respond to economic change . To be successful you will need the ability to interpret mathematical and statistical material and to analyse the content of such data . Expression in good clear English is also essential.

Where will it lead in the future?

This subject can lead to degree courses in either Economics , Business Studies or Management . Alternatively students can progress into high level apprenticeships or careers in a variety of sectors applying the knowledge and skills developed through the course.

How will I study?

You will be involved in a combination of different types of work including note -taking, group work , essay writing , interpretation and analysis of written and mathematical data.

New concepts will be explained and discussed in lesson time , and you will be expected to show your understanding by linking these concepts to relevant and up-to-date case studies. 

What will I need to do myself?

You should normally expect to complete one homework per week, usually an essay , data response exercise or contextualised reading.

In addition you will need to do supplementary reading and to keep up to date through good quality newspapers, podcasts and business documentaries.

Why should I come to Canon Slade to study Economics B?

 Through an enthusiastic team, students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business , to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions. Preparing students for their next steps in the world of business.

Additional information for prospective students