Business Studies


The Aims of the Department

The Business Department aims to bring the reality of the business world and our economic environment into the classroom.  All our teachers have real business experience and we use this with teaching excellence, to deliver the A level and BTEC syllabuses in an engaging way. 

We have an excellent track record of exam success for all our students across the wide variety of courses we offer.  Many of our students go on to study business and economics related courses on leaving Blenheim.  In our yearly student survey, students consistently give the department and our lessons high scores for enjoyability and this, coupled with the highest possible achievement rates, remains our mission.

Facilities

  • Our resources are second to none including regular business magazines such as Marketing Weekly and the use of BBC iPlayer and YouTube to show up to date business programmes and company reference material.  These resources are continually developed to ensure our students have interesting and up to date references.
  • The Business suite of classrooms boasts over 50 computers, housed in the Sixth Form block.
  • Links to Business speakers and outside business organisations for Trips.

 

A level Business Studies

Course Details

The course focuses on developing an understanding of how businesses are set up and how they survive in an ever changing business world.  We are all affected by the decisions businesses make and in this course we learn how important it is to: control costs and maximise sales; employ the right people; make excellent products; ensure we know our markets and make our customers aware of our products.  From the beginning of a business start-up, to the challenges faced by large multinational corporations, this course is applied to the real world today and the products we buy.

The following subject areas will be studied across the two year course

  1. What is a business?
  2. Managers, leadership and decision making
  3. Decision making to improve marketing performance
  4. Decision making to improve operational performance
  5. Decision making to improve financial performance
  6. Decision making to improve human resource performance
  7. Analysing the strategic position of a business
  8. Choosing strategic direction
  9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  10. Managing strategic change
Link to specification

Assessment

Students will be assessed by three external examinations at the end of the course.

Enrichment Opportunities

Students are encouraged to participate in trips which in the past have included the Bank of England and Wimbledon Tennis Museum. They are encouraged to take part in Young Enterprise and other national student competitions throughout the course.  An opportunity for an overseas trip is currently being investigated.

Student quotes

‘It is enjoyable and fun and allows me to gain important skills needed for the future.’

‘I hope to study business at university and really like the way our teachers look at relevant real world examples to help us understand the topics better.’

Progression

Arguably, any career you choose will require some understanding of how a business works, however  A level Business could lead to more focused careers in Marketing (e.g. Advertising, and/or Brand Management), Sales, Human Resource Management (e.g. Recruitment and Training), Customer Services, Strategic Business Management, or managing and controlling the financial performance of a business (e.g. Accountancy).  It could also lead to a place in higher education for example Management Studies or Accountancy.