As with all subjects in our Faculty, we uphold Our Intent, and are particularly proud of the way we
- foster independence and interdependence;
- develop highly literate, numerate and knowledgeable learners;
- prepare students who are socially equipped, and can engage confidently with the wider world.
These are shown through the activities we offer in the curriculum. Independent and group study are the norm, with constant attention to the use of precise, subject language. We have high expectations of students in private study too, where they are expected to prepare for lessons, and review and revisit learning regularly – demonstrating a proactive approach to their own learning.
Our aims are those of the Edexcel A Level Business specification. Students investigate, analyse and evaluate business opportunities and issues. Building on this, and by using both qualitative and quantitative methods. They are encouraged to take a strategic view of their decisions and recommendations.
The A Level assessment measures how students have achieved the following objectives:
- Demonstrated knowledge of terms, concepts, theories, methods and models to show an understanding of how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to business issues.
- Applied knowledge and understanding to various business contexts to show how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to issues.
- Analysed issues within business, showing an understanding of the impact on individuals and organisations of external and internal influences.
- Evaluated qualitative and quantitative evidence to make informed judgements and propose evidence-based solutions to business issues
Business is front-page news. How companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, consumers demand convenience but production and packaging are damaging our environment with devastating consequences. The new specification enables you to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of leadership and global enterprise.
If you have an interest in business or finance, this is an obvious choice for you. The range of skills the course develops means it is an excellent course for everyone to consider:
AO1 - Demonstrate knowledge of terms, concepts, theories, methods and models to show an understanding of how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to business issues.
AO2 - Apply knowledge and understanding to various business contexts to show how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to issues.
AO3 - Analyse issues within business, showing an understanding of the impact on individuals and organistations of external and internal influences.
AO4 - Evaluate qualitative and quantitative evidence to make informed judgements and propose evidence-based solutions to business issues
You will need to be comfortable with maths and analytical essay writing.
The A Level Course includes the following subject content:
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
- Global markets and business expansion
- Global marketing
- Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)
'A Level' Examinations
Three written papers. Each paper is 2 hours in length.
Paper 1: Data response and extended writing (35%) - Marketing, People & Businesses
Paper 2: Data response and extended writing (35%) - Business Activities, Decisions and Strategy
Paper 3: Data response and extended writing, related to pre-release material (30%) - Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment
You are encouraged to attend revision conference days at key points in the course. These are usually held in London and are tailor-made to the Edexcel course. In addition, guest speakers visit school to share their real life experiences in the world of business.
All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.