What kind of student would enjoy this course?
Someone who is keen to analyse business problems, keep up to date with current affairs and who will be prepared to read the business press regularly will enjoy this course. No prior knowledge of the subject is necessary.
What will I study?
Year one of course covers the principles of business, leadership and decision-making within financial, marketing, operations and human resource functions. In the second year, we further explore business strategy and the impact of the external environment. Three two-hour exams will be taken at the end of Year 13. The first two papers are on specific themes within the syllabus, and the final paper covers the whole specification and is based on a pre-released case study.
Many students join the Young Enterprise scheme, enabling them to collaborate with students from other schools to form a company, to market a product and generate a profit.
What skills will I learn?
You will develop the skills needed for analysing information, problem solving, decision-making, planning and essay writing.
What could I do at the end of the course?
There is a vast range of career and Higher Education options. On entering the business world you will have an excellent knowledge of how a business operates in the context of competition and other external forces. You could take a degree in Business Studies perhaps combined with another subject such as Law, Accountancy, Marketing, Languages or Social Science. Such courses prepare you well for a career in either commerce or your chosen profession and may exempt you from the first stages of a professional institute examination.