Business Studies

Business Studies is only taught in the Sixth Form at RGS.

Business Studies is only taught in the Sixth Form at RGS.  The subject looks at the decisions made by firms and how they operate within their environments.  Decision making is an underlying theme, with an equal emphasis placed throughout the course on theory and practical application. A wide variety of teaching techniques are used to provide students with a relevant conceptual framework. Business Studies provides an excellent introduction to the key functional areas of business, such as financial planning, operations management and marketing strategies.

Business Studies requires a reasonable level of numeracy and involves more numerical work than Economics.  However, the course tests Business Studies and not Mathematics, and the important skills are to be able to understand and apply the figures to the business being studied as well as thinking critically about the decisions that businesses make.  The course complements many other combinations of subjects, thus providing a thorough foundation for anyone wishing to read an accountancy, finance-related or management-based course at university.

Courses followed:

Courses followed:

AS Business Studies EDEXCEL Exam Board

Theme 1 – Marketing and people: meeting customer needs, the market, marketing mix and strategy, managing people, entrepreneurs and leaders. Written paper, 90 minutes, 80 marks, all data response.

Theme 2 – Managing business activities: raising finance, financial planning, managing finance, resource management, external influences. Written paper, 90 minutes, 80 marks, all data response

A2 Business Studies AQA Exam Board

A2 Unit 3; Strategies for Success: Written paper, 105 minutes, 25% of total A Level marks. Unseen case study with a range of numerical data

A2 Unit 4; The Business Environment and Managing Change: Written paper, 105 minutes, 25% of total A Level marks. Two part paper. Section A contains questions based upon prior research. Section B, choose one essay from a choice of titles.

Entry requirements
Grade A in History GCSE

Recent Trips

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, Towers Watson Reigate, Mini Oxford, Coca Cola Sidcup.

The Economics and Business Studies (Cornwallis) Society arrange for a variety of speakers to come into school, Ellen Greaves of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Russell Hubbard of the Office for Budget Responsibility, Ian Harwood, Chief Economist at Redburn have all provided great insights to students this year.

We will be competing with other schools in this year’s ICAEW BASE challenge and have entered teams into the IFS Student Investor Competition

All students are offered an annual subscription to the Economist at a greatly reduced price.

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