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Business Studies

The aims of this specification are to:

• encourage candidates to be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study

• allow candidates to gain an insight into related sectors such as economics and accounting

• prepare candidates to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices

• appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities.

The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of businesses, giving the opportunity to appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities.

Assessment Criteria

Unit A291 Marketing and Enterprise    This topic introduces computer systems and provides a foundation for the remaining topics in this unit. Candidates will develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies within computer systems. This unit is assessed through an internal controlled assessment, approx 16 hours – 60 marks contributing to 25 percent of the qualification.

Unit A292 Business and People    Learners will be introduced to the need for business activity and explore different types of business ownerships and their advantages and disadvantages. Learner will examine the workforce within a business researching the employment, retention and structure of local and national organisations. This unit is assessed through an external 1 hour written paper examination contributing to 25 percent of the overall grade awarded. There are 2 short answer data-response questions where candidates are required to answer both questions.

Unit A293 Production, Finance and the External Business Environment     Students examine different types of production methods and develop their financial information decision developing skills. This unit is assessed through an external 1 hour and 30 minutes written paper examination contributing to 50 percent of the overall grade awarded. There are 3 questions based on a pre-released case study.