A Level Business – Programme of Study

A LEVEL BUSINESS

At Bales college the study of Business is brought to life with trips to large businesses such as Chelsea Football Club and smaller enterprises in the local area.  Here, students are able to experiences for themselves all aspects of business in operation.  In addition, our students attend revision workshops that are run by experienced examiners in order to ensure they are taught the higher level skills needed to attain the top grades that they deserve.

Year 12 Business studies
        
DatesNo of weeksWeekly Topics
(3 periods per week)
No of lessonsWeekly Topics
(3 periods per week)
No of lessonsNotesAssessment tasks/HW
September 4

  • To understand why businesses exist

  • To understand the relationship between mission and objectives

  • To examine common business objectives

  • To understand why businesses set objectives

  • To understand the measurement and importance of profit.


12

  • To understand reasons for choosing different forms of business and for changing business form

  • To understand the role of shareholders and why they invest

  • To learn about influences on share price and the significance of share price changes The effects of ownership on mission, objectives, decisions and performance


12Revision workshop
Student Presentations
Weekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
October 4

  • To understand how the external environment can affect costs and demand


12

  • To understand what managers do

  • To be aware of types of management and leadership styles and influences on these

  • To understand the effectiveness of different styles of management and leadership


12Weekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
November 4

  • To learn about the value of decision making based on data (scientific decision making) and on intuition

  • To understand the use and value of decision trees in decision making

  • To understand the influences on decision making


12

  • To learn about considering stakeholders’ needs when making decisions

  • To learn about stakeholder needs and the possible overlap and conflict of these needs

  • To understand influences on the relationship with stakeholders

  • To learn about how to manage the relationship with different stakeholders


12Trip to Stock ExchangeWeekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
December 4

  • To understand the value of setting marketing objectives

  • To learn about external and internal influences on marketing objectives and decisions


12

  • To understand the elements of the marketing mix (7Ps)

  • To learn about the influences on and effects of changes in the elements of the marketing mix

  • To learn about product decisions

  • To learn about pricing decisions

  • To understand decisions about the promotional mix

  • To learn about distribution (place) decisions

  • To learn about decisions relating to other elements of the marketing mix: people, process and physical element

  • To understand the importance of and influences on an integrated marketing mix

  • To understand the value of digital marketing and e-commerce


12Student PresentationsWeekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
January4

  • To learn about the process and value of segmentation, targeting and positioning

  • To learn about the influences on choosing a target market and positioning


12

  • To understand the value of setting operational objectives

  • To learn about external and internal influences on operational objectives and decisions


12Weekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
February 4

  • To learn about the interpretation of operations data

  • To calculate operations data


12

  • To understand the importance of capacity

  • To understand the importance of efficiency and labour productivity

  • To learn about how to increase efficiency and labour productivity

  • To understand the benefits and difficulties of lean production

  • To learn about the difficulties increasing efficiency and labour productivity

  • To learn about how to choose the optimal mix of resources

  • To learn about how to utilise capacity efficiently

  • To understand how to use technology to improve operational efficiency

  • To learn about the pressures of innovation

  • To understand the value of innovation

  • To learn about ways of becoming an innovative organisation

  • To learn about how to protect innovation and intellectual property

  • To learn about the impact of an innovation strategy on the functional areas of the business


12Revision workshop for Unit 2Weekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
March 4

  • To learn about the importance of quality

  • To learn about methods of improving quality

  • To learn about the benefits and difficulties of improving quality

  • To learn about the consequences of poor quality


12Mock Exams12Weekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
April 4

  • Exam Technique

  • Using budgets

  • Improving cash flow

  • Measuring & Increasing Profit


12

  • Making Operation decisions

  • Developing effective operations Quality


12Weekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
MayRevisionRevision
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Year 13 Business Studies
        
DatesNo of weeksWeekly Topics
(3 periods per week)
No of lessonsWeekly Topics
(3 periods per week)
No of lessonsNotesAssessment tasks/HW
September 4

  • To learn about the ways and value of improving flexibility, speed of response
    and dependability

  • To understand how to manage supply to match demand and the value of doing so

  • To learn about the influences on the amount of inventory held

  • To learn about influences on the choice of suppliers

  • To learn about how to manage the supply chain effectively and efficiently and the value of this

  • To understand the value of outsourcing

  • To understand the value of setting financial objectives

  • To understand the distinction between cash flow and profit

  • To understand the distinction between gross profit, operating profit and profit for the year

  • To learn about revenue, costs and profit objectives

  • To learn about cash flow objectives

  • To learn about objectives for investment (capital expenditure) levels

  • To learn about capital structure objectives

  • To understand external and internal influences on financial objectives and decisions


12

  • To learn how to construct and analyse budgets and cash flow forecasts

  • To understand the value of budgeting

  • To learn how to construct and interpret break-even charts

  • To learn how to calculate and illustrate on a break-even chart the effects of changes in price, output and cost

  • To calculate the value of break-even analysis

  • To learn how to analyse profitability

  • To learn how to analyse timings of cash inflows and outflows

  • To understand the use of data for financial decision making and planning


12Revision workshop
Student Presentations
Weekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
October 4

  • To learn about internal and external sources of finance

  • To understand the advantages and disadvantages of different sources of finance for short- and long-term uses

  • To learn about methods of improving cash flow

  • To learn about methods of improving profits and profitability

  • To learn about difficulties improving cash flow and profit


12

  • To understand the value of setting human resource objectives

  • To learn about internal and external influences on human resources objectives and decisions

  • To calculate and interpret human resource data

  • To understand the use of data for human resource decision making and planning


12Weekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
November 4

  • To learn about influences on job design

  • To learn about influences on organisation design

  • To learn about influences on delegation, centralisation and decentralisation

  • To learn about the value of changing job and organisational design

  • To understand how managing the human resource flow helps meet human resource objectives

  • To learn about the benefits of motivated and engaged employees

  • To understand how to improve employee engagement and motivation

  • To understand the value of theories of motivation

  • To learn about the use of financial methods of motivation

  • To learn about the use of non-financial methods of motivating employees

  • To learn about influences on the choice and assessment of the effectiveness of financial and non-financial rewards systems


12

  • To learn about influences on the extent and methods of employee involvement in decision making

  • To learn about how to manage and improve employer-employee communications and relations

  • To understand the value of good employer-employee relations

  • To learn about influences on the mission of a business

  • To learn about internal and external influences on corporate objectives and decisions

  • To understand the distinction between strategy and tactics

  • To learn about the links between mission, corporate objectives and strategy

  • To learn about the impact of strategic decision making on functional decision making

  • To understand the value of SWOT analysis


12Trip to Stock ExchangeWeekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
December 4

  • To learn about how to assess the financial performance of a business using balance sheets, income statements and financial ratios

  • To understand the value of financial ratios when assessing performance

  • To learn about how to analyse data other than financial statements to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a business

  • To understand the importance of core competences

  • To learn about assessing short- and long-term performance

  • The value of different measures of assessing business performance

  • To learn about the impact of changes in the political and legal environment on strategic and functional decision making


12

  • To learn about the impact of changes in the UK and the global economic environment on strategic and functional decision making

  • To understand reasons for greater globalisation of business

  • To learn about the importance of globalisation for business

  • To learn about the importance of emerging economies for business

  • To learn about the impact of the social and technological environment on strategic and functional decision making

  • To learn about the pressures for socially responsible behaviour


12Student PresentationsWeekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
January4

  • To learn about Porter’s five forces, how and why these might change, and the implications of these forces for strategic and functional decision making and profits

  • To understand financial methods of assessing an investment

  • To learn about the factors influencing investment decisions

  • To learn about the value of sensitivity analysis

  • To understand factors influencing which markets to compete in and which products to offer

  • To understand the reasons for choosing and value of different options for strategic direction

  • To learn about how to compete in terms of benefits and price

  • To learn about influences on the choice of a positioning strategy

  • To learn about the value of different strategic positioning strategies

  • To understand the benefits of having a competitive advantage

  • To understand the difficulties of maintaining a competitive advantage


12

  • To understand the reasons why businesses grow or retrench

  • To understand the difference between organic and external growth

  • To learn about how to manage and overcome the problems of growth or retrenchment

  • To learn about the impact of growth or retrenchment on the functional areas of the business

  • To assess methods and types of growth

  • To learn about the pressures of innovation

  • To understand the value of innovation

  • To learn about ways of becoming an innovative organisation

  • To learn about how to protect innovation and intellectual property

  • To learn about the impact of an innovation strategy on the functional areas of the business


12Weekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
February 4

  • To learn about reasons for targeting, operating in and trading with international markets

  • To understand factors influencing the attractiveness of international markets

  • To learn about reasons for producing more and sourcing more resources abroad

  • To learn about ways of entering international markets and value of different methods

  • To learn about influences on buying, selling and producing abroad

  • To learn about managing international business including pressures for local responsiveness and pressures for cost reduction

  • To understand the impact of internationalisation for the functional areas of the business

  • To learn about the pressures to adopt digital technology

  • To understand the value of digital technology

  • To learn about the impact of digital technology on the functional areas of the business


12

  • To learn about causes of pressures for change

  • To understand the value of change

  • To understand the value of a flexible organisation

  • To understand the value of managing information and knowledge

  • To learn about barriers to change

  • To learn how to overcome barriers to change

  • To understand the importance of organisational culture

  • To learn about the influences on organisational culture

  • To learn about the reasons for and problems of changing organisational culture

  • To learn how to implement strategy effectively

  • To understand the value of leadership in strategic implementation

  • To understand the value of communication in strategic implementation

  • To understand the importance of organisational structure in strategic implementation

  • To understand the value of network analysis in strategic implementation


12Revision workshop for Unit 2Weekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
March 4

  • To learn about difficulties of strategic decision making and implementing strategy

  • To learn about planned v emergent strategy

  • To understand reasons for strategic drift

  • To learn about the possible effect of the divorce between ownership and control

  • To evaluate strategic performance

  • To understand the value of strategic planning

  • To learn about the value of contingency planning


12Mock Exams12Weekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
April 4

  • Exam Technique

  • Using budgets

  • Improving cash flow

  • Measuring & Increasing Profit


12

  • Making Operation decisions

  • Developing effective operations Quality


12Weekly progress tests.
Case Study/
Progress Questions
MayRevisionRevision
TOTALS349696