Level 3 Vocational Business & A Level Business
A Level (Year 13 only, not available at year 12)
Exam board – WJEC Eduqas
100% Exams (3 to be taken in the summer of Year 13)
In the first year, Business Studies introduces students to the challenges and issues of starting a business, including financial planning. It then focuses on how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions at a functional level.
As you progress into the 2nd year, Business Studies considers strategies for larger businesses and how managers might measure the performance of the business. Finally, it considers the effects that external factors can have on businesses and how a business can plan for and manage change, including leadership style and change in business culture.
A level Business Studies encourages students to:
- Develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value
- Be aware that business behaviour can be studied from the perspective of a range of stakeholders including customer, manager, creditor, owner/shareholder and employee
- Acquire a range of skills including decision making, problem-solving and the interpretation and management of qualitative and quantitative data
Level 3 OCR Cambridge Extended Certificate in Business
The course is equivalent to 1 A-level and will gain UCAS points which are recognised by all Universities. The OCR Cambridge Technical is 66% exam and 33% coursework. The courses have been designed specifically alongside Universities and the business sector to cater for both learners wishing to go to University and to equip students with the skills required for full time employment in the business industry.
In Year 12 students will study for their exam; Types of businesses / aims / objectives, Functional areas, organisational structures, stakeholders, relationships, finance and business ethics. Students will carry out a project on Marketing.
In Year 13 students will study for their exam, protocols, management of staff, HR, factors impacting meetings, communication with stakeholders and business documentation
Students will also carry out coursework units alongside their exam preparation. This includes Marketing and market research, Customers and communication followed by project management in Year 13.
No matter which route you follow; all these business courses can help you prepare for further and higher education such as an HND or BA degree. You will become skilled in making decisions, being creative, solving problems, understanding finance, dealing with data, communicating and working as part of team. A Business Studies course could lead to work in a business-related profession such as accountancy, law, marketing or the leisure and tourism industry.
Research by UnLtd shows that over 247,000 companies are founded by young people. A report from Santander also estimated that 80,000 UK university students run a business, and a quarter of these plan to turn it into a career when they graduate.
Emma Jones, founder of small business network Enterprise Nation, said: “These statistics show that younger generations are no longer pinning all their hopes on finding the perfect job, they are taking their destiny into their own hands and creating a business around a skill, a passion or a hobby."
Maybe it’s time to find out where a qualification in Business could take you?