Business Studies in the Sixth Form

Departmental Courses

A Level Business Studies

BTEC National Diploma in Business

BTEC National ExtendedDiploma in Business

Handbooks and Summer Tasks

Business is a very popular subject at Poole High School and the overall outcomes our students achieve have resulted in excellent university places as well as popular apprenticeships at companies including JP Morgan and Price Waterhouse Cooper. Business allows students to develop a broad understanding of business organisations and provides you with the knowledge of the key business functional areas including; marketing, accounting, finance, human resources and operations management.

We offer both academic and vocational courses within of key stage 5. In both of our courses lessons involve; discussions, individual work, note-taking and independent research. Success in all of our courses depends on the amount of work you put into it as well as ability and a high degree of self-motivation. 

Why study A-Level Business Studies?
Studying our A-Level Business course will ensure students study a variety of businesses in a variety of contexts through a clear and coherent structure of four engaging and up-to-date themes. Students are introduced to core business concepts and develop a broad understanding of how businesses work before they consider the decision-making tools that help businesses move towards a more scientific approach to management. Some of the key issues students will understand are:

  • Helping to develop a holistic understanding of business
  • Providing a real business focus
  • Reflecting on today’s global world
  • Developing transferable skills for progression to higher education
  • Supporting progression from KS4 study

A Level Business complements most other A-Levels however we would recommend that students will have a minimum of a ‘5’ in Maths and English and be able to draw information and data out of case study.

Topics include:
Marketing and People
Managing Business Activities
Business Decision and Strategy
Global Business

YEAR 1

We focus on the theory base areas of the specification in order for you to develop the correct exam technique for each of type of exam questions. Topics include; Marketing, Human Resource Management, Recruitment and Selection, Distribution, Ethics and Culture.

YEAR 2

Students will develop their knowledge further by investigating the Global Business world as well as all the financial information and calculations required to make effective business decisions.  

ASSESSMENT METHOD

There are three exams, each 2 hours long. Paper 1 relates to theme 1 and 4, Paper 2 relates to theme 2 and 3 and Paper 3 is based on a pre-release research task and could be from any of the learning themes.

Who can I contact for help?

Mrs F Bannister (Head of Business Studies) F.bannister@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk
Ms E Wyatt (Key Stage 5 Leader)  E.wyatt@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk

Why study BTEC Business
Studying our BTEC Business course offers a practical introduction to business, and supports progression to further study or employment. Students will study a range of business related activities and learners will develop transferable knowledge and skills. The qualifications prepare learners for a range of higher education courses and apprenticeships.

Some of the key issues students will understand are:

  • Helping to develop a holistic understanding of business
  • Providing a real business focus on particular units of study such as Finance, Marketing and the building of teams
  • Developing transferable skills for progression to higher education
  • Supporting progression from KS4 study
  • use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making

BTEC Business complements most other pathways however we would recommend that students will have a minimum of a ‘4’ in Maths and English to cope with the rigors of the course requirements.

Topics include:
Exploring Business
Developing a Marketing Campaign
Personal and Business Finance

At Key Stage 5 we offer two different BTEC qualifications. The Foundation Diploma (1.5 A Levels) and Diploma (2 A Levels). All of these qualifications have an element of external (E) assessment as well as internal (I) coursework units.

Year 1

Extended Certificate

Diploma

Unit 1- Business Environment (I)

Unit 2- Marketing Campaign (E)

The Extended Certificate Units plus;

Unit 4- Managing an Event (I)

Unit 8- Recruitment and Selection (I)

 

Year 2

Extended Certificate

Diploma

Unit 3- Personal & Business Finance (E)

Unit 27- Work Experience in Business (I)

The Extended Certificate Units plus;

Unit 6- Principles of Management (E)

Unit 5- International Business (I)

 

Who can I contact for help?

Mrs F Bannister (Head of Business Studies) F.bannister@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk
Ms E Wyatt (Key Stage 5 Leader)  E.wyatt@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk

Business is a qualification which can help you access many doors be that through a university degree or an apprenticeship. People who study business generally go into career such as; marketing, accountancy, banking and/or finance, human resources, promotion and if you are considering starting your own business in the future.