What will I study?
Students will study the concepts and techniques that are used in managing and running a business. This course is designed for students who excel
at coursework and enjoy applying theory to real-life situations. Over the duration of the two years assessment is based on the following:
• Three coursework units marked internally
• One external assessment marked by AQA
• Two examinations – to be taken each January. With the option of a June re-take for those students wishing to improve their grade.
In Year 12, the coursework involves studying how an organisation such as Merlin Entertainment, owner of Thorpe Park, is run. The externally assessed unit looks at how entrepreneurs identify and develop business opportunities. The examined topic is ‘Financial Planning and Analysis’ which involves exploring the financial issues that enterprises need to consider in order to be successful.
In Year 13, the examined topic is ‘Managing and Leading People’ looking at how managers motivate and lead employees using different styles of leadership. Students will develop a business proposal and prepare a marketing campaign for a small business.
Where will it lead?
There are many university courses available such as Business Management courses or joint honours courses where Business, or an aspect of Business such as Marketing, is matched with another subject. General Applied Business develops a practical understanding of the way businesses operate
and will therefore prepare students for a wide range of business related career paths.