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A-Level Business

Course Information

  • Course Code: 7811-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study mode: Full Time

The Business A-Level is a dynamic and relevant subject for those who are interested in the world of Business, and the many careers that you can progress to. The course will help you develop a wide range of employability skills, including problem solving, collaboration, leadership and critical evaluation, so it fits well with other subjects.

You will study in some depth, all the major aspects of the corporate world and the significant factors which influence business performance and success.  We endeavour to involve you with real business as much as possible by bringing in business people and organisations, and it’s possible that some of the learning will take place externally.

What will I study?

In the first year, you will study:

  • What a business is
  • The role of managers and leaders
  • The decision making process and how it contributes to improvements in marketing performance
  • Operational performance
  • Financial performance
  • Human resource performance.

In the second year, you will study:

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • How to choose a strategic direction
  • Strategic methods
  • Managing strategic change.
Entry Requirements

To study A-Level Business Studies you will need 5 xC/4 at GCSE, including English Language and Maths.

How will I be assessed?

A-Level students will be assessed by exams and assignments throughout the two years.

What can I do next?

Business Studies is an ideal subject for preparation to progress onto a wide range of university courses and apprenticeships, especially in areas such as business, economics, management, retailing, enterprise, finance, accountancy and administration. It is a very useful starting point for careers in the business world as you will have a firm grounding of the day to day running of a business.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Business Adviser

As a business adviser you would give advice and support to help new businesses to start up and established businesses to grow. You might advise on a range of issues including finance and marketing. If you want to use your experience to help businesses, this job could be perfect for you.

You will need excellent spoken and written communication skills. A positive, problem solving attitude will also help you be successful in this job.

To work as business adviser you need experience and a good track record in business management. Most business advisers have run their own business, or worked in management, finance or human resources.

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Business Analyst

Business analysts work closely with companies and organisations to help them change and improve the way they do things. They work in many industries from IT and financial services to telecommunications and retail.

If you like solving problems, are good at analysing data and have excellent communication skills, this could be an ideal career for you..

There are several ways to get into this career. You can complete a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like business or IT, or you can use your experience and expertise gained from managing projects.

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Business Development Manager

Business development managers are senior sales people who create opportunities for an organisation's growth. They find new customers and persuade existing ones to buy extra services. If you’re interested in sales and building relationships, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you’ll need excellent communication and IT skills. You’ll also need to work to deadlines and have an understanding of how businesses operate.

To get into this job, you'll need a good standard of education including maths, English and IT. Some employers may ask for a degree. Experience of sales or marketing is usually required. It may also be possible to start in a junior role and work your way up.

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If you are interested in the business world, and are good at researching and number work, this job could be ideal for you.

As an economist, you would use your knowledge of economic theory to advise government departments, businesses, banks and other organisations about the economy.

In this job you will need to work with complex information and statistics. You will also need the communication skills to explain this complex information to people with less technical knowledge than you.

You will need a good degree in economics or a related subject, such as statistics, maths or business studies. Some employers may prefer you to also have a master's degree in economics.

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Retail Manager

If you want a challenging career in a fast-moving environment, then this could be the job for you.

As a retail manager, you would be responsible for the day-to-day running of a store, motivating staff to achieve sales targets, organising promotional events and monitoring industry trends.

You can get into this career in a number of ways from working your way up through the company to entering through a graduate trainee scheme.

You will need strong leadership potential, the ability to maximise retail opportunities and be confident in making decisions.

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Administrative Assistant

If you enjoy keeping things in order and like being part of a team, this job could suit you perfectly. As an administrative assistant, you would be making sure that day-to-day office tasks run smoothly. So it’s important that you are organised, accurate and pay close attention to detail.

Entry requirements can vary a lot between employers. Some may prefer you to have GCSEs including maths and English, and others may test your keyboard, filing and telephone skills instead of asking for qualifications.

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Market Research Executive

Market research executives collect and analyse information. They help business and government clients find out people’s views about consumer products or political and social issues. If you're interested in human behaviour and you've got the number skills to analyse statistics, this job could be ideal for you.

To be good at this job you’ll need to communicate well, both in speech and writing. You'll also need to be creative, organised and a good problem solver.

To get into this job most employers will expect you to have a higher education qualification, although you may be able to work your way up from being an interviewer or an assistant researcher.

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Human Resources Officer

If you enjoy working with people and you're looking for an office role, this could be the perfect job for you. Human resources (HR) officers, also known as personnel officers, look after hiring and developing employees. They look after their welfare too.

Most employers will want you to have qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. You will also need to have a good standard of general education. Previous experience of office work would help.

To become a human resources officer, you need to be tactful and friendly. Sometimes you’ll need to be firm too. You will also need to be careful with confidential information.

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A number of guest speakers are planned to tie in with the business studies curriculum delivery and these will be both on and off the Blackburn College site.  We regularly enter inter-college competitions hosted by the Institute of Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Lancaster University.  Furthermore, we have a number of half day workshops and sessions planned which raise commercial awareness, introduce personal finance and a case study in-house competition run by the ICAEW. An international business trip is also planned for 2017. We believe these enrichment activities provide learners with valuable employability skills and experiences which enhance their opportunities for progression.

University Plus

For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a 'University Plus' programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

All these options, paired with tutorial activities, could give you an additional 180 UCAS points, giving you the best opportunity to achieve your place at your first choice university and your dream degree.

Learn more by clicking here

A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

You can find out more by clicking here

The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.