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  • Preparing for A-Level Business

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    Course Leader: Richard Stone

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    What will I study on A-Level Business?

    By studying A-level Business you will engage with business world through the investigation of current business developments and by emersing yourself in real business situations. You will learn how management, leadership and decision-making can improve performance in marketing, operational, financial and human resources.

    You will also learn how to analyse competitive markets; assess how ethical, environmental and technological factors influence decision making; use a range of quantitative and non-quantitative data to evaluate strategic and functional options; understand how decision made affect stakeholders and how they will respond.

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  • Why Study A-Level Business?

    By studying A-Level Business you can:

    Develop crucial communication skills

    Writing a convincing report or presenting a winning pitch–and even drafting the right email–requires having excellent communication skills. Whilst studying business you will you’ll have to analyze cases, diplomatically respond to conflicting opinions, and master the art of making your point.

    Understanding your target customers

    Making a product or service stand out from competitors to win over customers is not easy. You must first find out more about your potential customers to gain a better understanding of what they want; what they want to pay and where to find them. Marketing will teach you to understand your audience and how you can creatively appeal to them.

    Accounting and budgeting

    Many businesses fail to succeed due to poor financial management. Studying business will help you through the basics of accounting so you are confident and equipped to drive your business performance forward.

    Unlock the entrepreneur

    Many students study business school to learn how to launch their dream business. Being your own boss has many perks, but becoming a successful entrepreneur demands creativity, innovation, and a strong execution strategy. Studying A-Level Business will help develop your entrepreneurial skills and enable you to launch that dream business in the future.

    Project Management: a skill for every sector

    Whether you end up working in the music industry, military, or not-for-profit sector, hospitality sector, studying a business can strengthen your project management skills. Working on live business challenges, you’ll learn to solve problems, manage resources and work in teams taking an analytical, cost-effective approach.

    • Summer Research Project

      As part of our induction process it is important for us at Lowestoft Sixth Form College to make you aware of our academic expectations and the level of effort we expect from A-Level students. As part of this and in preparation for studying Business in September, I have set out a research project for you to complete over the summer.

      You must hand your project in during your first Business lesson. I will be grading on:

      • Research Skills 
      • Level of content in respect to the questions
      • Knowledge and understanding
      • Structure, spelling and punctuation
      • Presentation

      Task - Produce a PowerPoint presentation on a Business.

      It could be a well-known business or one you aspire to own/run in the future. Produce an informative presentation including images and name the business if it’s your idea.

      Include the following:

      • Describe the product/service it provides
      • Where is it located?
      • Who is running it and how?
      • Who are its customers or potential customers?
      • What is the business's potential for sales?
      • What are the business strengths?
      • What are the business weaknesses?
      • What are the opportunities for the future?
      • What are the potential threats to the business, now or in the future?

      Good Luck, I look forward to seeing your presentation!
      Richard Stone