Business Studies

 

A Level Accounting

 

There are no specific entry requirements for A Level Accounting beyond the general requirements for entry to the Sixth Form, except for a B grade or above in Mathematics.  You will, however, need to use both numerical and literacy skills throughout the course.  While the subject involves the simple manipulation of numbers, it does not involve any advanced mathematics.  Anyone with a ‘B’ in Mathematics at GCSE or above would have no trouble with the arithmetic involved.

The course is divided into four, equally weighted units, covering both the financial and management aspects of accounting.  The first two units, leading to AS level, are each assessed by means of a one-and-a-half hour written examination.  The final two units, studied in the second year, are each assessed by a two-hour written examination, and draw on knowledge and understanding gained across the two years of study.

 

You will need to work towards this qualification in a consistent manner throughout the course.  You will need to develop organisational, research, time management and assertiveness skills.  It is useful if you have a sense of humour.  Accounting can be fun!  There is plenty of material for discussion and much of accounting relates to live issues in the news.

An Accounting AS or full ‘A’ level is a very flexible qualification.  It combines usefully with practically any other ‘A’ level subject.  That is because accounting skills are needed in the working environment in virtually all jobs.  Especially close and useful combinations would include Business Studies and Mathematics.

Most lessons will be structured along the lines of:

Ten minutes’ teacher input followed by discussion; then a problem or a number of short accounting questions will be set which you will work on individually or in pairs or groups.  Having completed this task there will be a class feedback session, and finally a ‘winding up’ by the teacher.  Most of what you will do will be ‘hands on’.  There will be some lessons in the computer room, some visits and some visitors too.  Homework will be set on regular basis and its completion will be crucial for success on the course.

 

There are many career opportunities both locally and nationally for those with a qualification in accounting and these tend to be relatively well-paid.  A level accounting is an excellent launching pad from which to embark on a career in Business or Management and will prepare you well should you wish to progress to university.

 

AS and A Level Business

AS and A Level Business wants to captivate the imagination of students so that when they leave the classroom, they’ll want to explore and read around the subject further. The Business specifications at both AS and A Level also provides opportunities for stretch and challenge, to extend students’ understanding of the business world.
 
At the heart of the Business course will be its relevance to the modern world; its topicality will engage students and facilitate an understanding of their role in society. The stimulating specification content will encourage them to develop their skills as independent learners, critical thinkers and decision-makers – all personal assets that can make them stand out as they progress to higher education and/or the workplace.
 
Central to both the AS and A Level qualifications will be developing the knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of business decision-making and the impacts these have on the business and its stakeholders. Each course will look at different types of business ranging from small and medium enterprises to national and international organisations. The emphasis will be on what is important for businesses, what the consequences of their actions are and why these differ depending on size.
 
No prior study of Business is required for taking either the AS or A Level qualification.
 
Many other subjects supplement the study of Business, which prides itself on being cross-curricular. Other Social Sciences such as Sociology and Psychology engage the student to think about their personal circumstances and their role in society. History, Geography, Economics, Critical Thinking, Mathematics and the Sciences can be taught cohesively and also complement the study of Business. The study of any of these subjects can stand students in a good spot to progress to higher education and employment.
 
Entry Requirements - Maths and English at grade B and three further grade C’s. We need good skills in Maths and English because you will be required to use numerical skills and be able to write fluently, using a wide vocabulary, throughout the course.   
 
Changes to assessment - A Levels from 2015 will be fully linear so assessment of a student’s knowledge and understanding of the whole course takes place at the end of two years of study.
 
The new AS Level qualifications won’t count towards the final grade of an A Level, but will be separate, standalone qualifications in their own right.
 
A Level Business will be assessed entirely through written examinations that are externally marked.
 
All examinations will be mandatory and take place at the end of the course (one year for AS Level and two years for A Level) in June. The assessment contains no coursework. The exams are three, two-hour examinations at the end of the A Level course; with the AS course having two examinations of one and a half hours each.  Each exam comprises synoptic assessment, so students will have a wide learning experience. 

Expectations of students - A level Business cannot be considered an ‘easy’ option.  If you opt for the subject you must be prepared for a challenging yet enjoyable 2 years.  The ideal Business student is somebody who is well organised, well informed, well read, and who enjoys a good discussion.
 
Style of lessons - If you opt for Business you should be prepared to study in a variety of ways.   You will be learning through doing your own research and presentations, discussion forums and research projects, mixed with traditional teaching methods.  You will be asked to take part in a considerable amount of group work which will help you to develop important team work and presentation skills.

 

Business Studies

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