Business Studies

      Overview of Business at OLA

      Business Studies is taught as an optional subject at A Level in the Sixth Form.  It has a specialist room and resources and business education is a part of the life of the whole school via some PSHE sessions and activities such as Young Enterprise.

      Sixth Form Curriculum

      AQA A Level Business Specification Code 7132

      The AQA A Level Business course takes a holistic approach to the subject and demonstrates the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations.  The content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society – they study contemporary developments such as digital technology, business ethics and globalisation.

      The course is designed to enable students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions which are the skills that are needed for further study and employment.

      This course is assessed as follows:-

      Paper 1: Business 1, 33.3% of A Level, examined at the end of Upper 6th

      Paper 2: Business 2, 33.3% of A Level, examined at the end of Upper 6th

      Paper 3: Business 3, 33.3% of A Level, examined at the end of Upper 6th

      Trips for Business in the Sixth Form

      The following trips will be part of the course:-

      • Trip to Houses of Parliament and the Bank of England
      • Trip to BMW plant in Cowley, Oxford
      • Trip to IKEA in Reading

      The trips are often shared with students studying Economics. They take place in school time and are chargeable at cost price.

      Co-curricular Activities in Business

      Ms Webster runs a weekly Business club giving students the opportunity to engage in additional Business activities.  Entry into the ICAEW Base competition or the Student Investor Challenge organised by the London Institute of Banking and Finance is also facilitated, as is participation in the Grade Booster workshops tun by Tutor2u in London

      Revised February 2017