Why should I study this course?
Business is a vibrant, vocational course which has both practical and theoretical elements. This course will provide you with a clear understanding of what is involved in running a business. You will learn how successful businesses operate by looking at all the different functional areas that make up an enterprise. In choosing Business you will gain confidence and various skills for life. Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to listen to visiting speakers as well as the chance to make visits to businesses themselves.
Find out more about our Business courses from teacher Mark Brown. In this short video he'll explain which is the right course for you to choose, and tell you more about some of the interesting things you'll explore - such as why do large companies spend so much on Christmas adverts, and is the high street disappearing and being replaced by online shopping.
What will I study?
You will find out about all the different parts that make up a business. This includes marketing and sales, customer service, production, recruitment/selection and organisation. You will compare different businesses to be able to see why some are more successful than others.
How is the course assessed?
The course is examined through a mixture of three external exams and a significant amount of coursework which is assessed by your teachers.
What will the course prepare me for?
By taking this course you will be preparing for progression to a Level 3 programme of study or an apprenticeship/job. Business is a generic subject which will help you in all types of employment.
To be successful you will need to undertake 12-15 hours of independent work each week outside of lessons. You will be given regular homework tasks to enhance your learning experience and gain the high grades required for further study.
What materials will I need to provide?
The college will provide texts and other materials. You will need the basics which include a file, paper and pens. More importantly, you need to bring to bring lot of enthusiasm and commitment to the course.
How will I be taught?
Your lessons will consist of group, individual and paired work. You will have information delivered by specialised teaching staff and your lessons differentiated to your needs. Attendance at all lessons is compulsory.
This course is for you if...
You enjoy the opportunity to really find out how businesses work and are interested in the world of business. This course will help to make that dream job more achievable.
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What are the course requirements?
You will need a minimum of two grade 4/Ds at GCSE or a minimum of a Pass in one Level 2 BTEC or equivalent.
What skills do I need?
You need to be able to write a proper sentence as well as being able to carry out basic number calculations. In addition you need to be able to communicate effectively and work as part of a team. The course will help to develop these important work and life skills still further.