A Level Business:

At Petchey's University Gateway you have the opportunity to study A-Level Business (the new specification introduced this September) which demonstrates the interrelated nature of Business using models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations.

The course will focus on supporting students to generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues as well as building awareness of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by business organisations. Students will acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problemsolving, critical analysis, and the application of numerical skills in a range of business contexts.  

Year 12 Outline:

In Year 12 we study business in a variety of contexts including large and small businesses, UK industry and business at a global level.  We look at the service industry and manufacturing including e-commerce.

We investigate the importance of the context of business in relation to decision making and the interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness. Students study the competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate including ethical and environmental issues

Technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and we study the impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions.  Our students develop skills in using non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making (including the interpretation of index numbers and calculations such as ratios and percentages).

Year 13 Outline:

In Year 13 our focus moves to strategic decision making and the study of decision making in the functional areas.  This includes the impact of technology on strategic decision making and the influences of Corporate Social Responsibility, ethical and environmental issues on strategic decisions.

Our students investigate the difficulties in forecasting future trends and the importance of assessing feasibility and risk when making strategic decisions.  At all points our learners evaluate the impact on stakeholders of strategic decisions and their response to such decisions.

Students are set weekly essay questions and have 2-3 hours of home learning each week.  Students are assessed each semester internally and at the end of the two year course students sit the external examination of three separate papers.

Business BTEC:

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BTEC Level 3 National Business consists of 18 units which covers a vast range of business topics. The course is designed to be completed over the two years and the students will be examined for each unit in the form of coursework with a worth of 10 credits each.

The course is designed to represent the vocational aspects of business as students will study how business theory is used within industry. It also prepares students for the subject areas they will encounter if they went on to study business at university. 

Over the two years each student will have to pass the four mandatory core units:

Unit 1: The business environment
Unit 2: Business Resources
Unit 3: Introduction to Marketing
Unit 4: Business Communication

Along with those Units the students will have to complete a further 14 Optional Units, business topics would range from:

  • Accounting

  • Marketing

  • Recruitment

  • Economics

  • Strategy

  • Ethics

Work experience:

The course also incorporates a work placement that all students will have to attend once a week during the academic year. This helps conceptualise the theory they will learn in class along with supporting them in learning those soft skills needed for the work place. The students will gain that valuable experience which supports future employment and their further education applications.

Year 12 Outline: 

The first nine of the student’s eighteen units are covered in Year 12. The units covered will depend on the two-year cycleof units when the student joins. By the end of year 1, students should havea solid foundation in business including an appreciation of marketing,human resources, finance and business organisation. Students will also be familiar with BTEC method of assessment and understand the requirements to reach distinction grades which demand strong evaluative skills.

Year 13 Outline: 

In Year 13 the final nine units of the course are covered. Depending on the units chosen, students can be exposed to highly vocational scenarios such as online business set-up,event management, career planning, management accountancy and creating a small business plan. The units chosen will aim to give the students a broad understanding of business across a wide range of topics which will place them in an excellent position to study the subject at university or go straight into the workplace.