Immanuel College

Business Studies

The Business Studies Department at Immanuel College encourages students to develop real life skills through demonstrating an understanding of the interrelated nature of business, using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues.  This will enable them to develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions.

The aim of the Business Studies department is to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society, such as: business ethics; globalisation, leadership and decision-making. Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions. Students will develop critical thinking skills and inquiring attitudes. These skills are needed for further study and employment.

Business Studies is an extremely popular subject which students may choose to go on and study at university. We offer the AQA course which focuses on:
Year 1: What is business?; Managers, leadership and decision making; Decision making to improve marketing performance; Decision making to improve operational performance; Decision making to improve financial performance; Decision making to improve human resource performance. 
Year 2: Analysing the strategic position of a business; Choosing strategic direction; Strategic methods: How to pursue strategies; Managing strategic change.

A-Level Business Studies is assessed by three two-hour written examinations at the end of the course:

Paper 1: Multiple-choice questions, short answer and two essays.
Paper 2: Three compulsory data response questions.
Paper 3: One compulsory case study consisting of six questions.

At Immanuel College groups are small and lessons are often tailored to the needs of individual students.  Lesson delivery include: individual and group presentations; group work; discussions, individual research; independent study, essay analysis and essay writing.

The A-Level Business Studies course is an excellent foundation for future professional careers and higher education courses in Business, Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Banking, Accountancy, Law and Insurance.  Students may choose to focus on a Joint Honours such as Business and Law.

Extra-curricular activities for Business Studies may include: visits to large business organisations; guest speakers; business competitions; visits to examination board workshop sessions.