KS5 Applied Business

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Full Title: Vocational Applied Business - Extended Certificate (AQA)

What does the course involve?

This qualification is aimed at students who are in full time Level 3 education and wish to progress to higher education and/or pursue a career in business and business related subjects. It is a substantial vocational qualification which provides a broad and deep understanding of business knowledge and skills to support progress to higher education and is suitable for learning alongside other Level 3 and A Level qualifications. This course can also prepare students to take up employment in business and entrepreneurship: it develops the fundamental knowledge and skills recognized as most important by employers. Students are assessed not only on knowledge and understanding but on how these can shape their practical skills in beginning to realize their own plans about business. Students will learn about the way in which any venture in business is a function of the relationship between its people, its marketing, its finance and its ability to deliver operationally on its commitments. There is a great deal of cross over between the content of this course and the Business AS/A2 but it will suit you if you prefer to research topics based on real business practice and demonstrate your learning by carrying out real business activities. You will also need to be able to organise your own time and meet coursework deadlines effectively and consistently.

How is it assessed?

Assessment is through examinations, external assignments and centre set assignments. All work in Business Studies is assessed

against these 4 Assessment Objectives.

AO1: Knowledge and understanding ‐

Demonstrate knowledge of terms, concepts, theories, methods and models to show an understanding of how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to business issues.

AO2: Application ‐

Apply knowledge and understanding to various business contexts to show how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to issues.

AO3: Analysis ‐

Analyse issues within business, showing an understanding of the impact on individuals and organisations of external and internal influences.

AO4: Evaluation ‐

Evaluate quantitative and qualitative information to make informed judgements and propose evidence‐based solutions to business issues.

Year 12

  • Unit 1 – Financial Planning and Analysis ‐ externally assessed examination, must be passed in order to pass the whole qualification at the end of year 13). Learners explore different ways in which enterprises can be owned and financed.
  • Unit 2 – Business Dynamics – Internally assessed coursework. Learners investigate factors contributing to the success of businesses, focussing on the role of managers, supervisors and employees.
  • Unit 3 Entrepreneurial Opportunities – Externally assessed coursework. Learners develop an understanding of entrepreneurial opportunities and investigate how individuals can exploit these through personal enterprise.

Year 13

  • Unit 4 – Managing and Leading People ‐ externally assessed examination, must be passed in order to pass the whole qualification at the end of year 13) Learners explore how organisations operate in a changing environment.
  • Unit 5 – Developing a Business Proposal ‐ Internally assessed coursework. Learners develop, present and evaluate a business proposal. The business proposal will require human resources beyond those provided by the learner.
  • Unit 8 – Marketing Communications ‐ Internally assessed coursework. Learners investigate the use of marketing
  • communications by small businesses, develop a marketing communications mix for the business proposal and recommend a
  • schedule of marketing communications. Internally centre assessed.

All 6 units have an equal weighting towards the qualification, and ALL examined units must be passed.

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