Introduction               

Business offers a new and dynamic challenge to many students who are looking for a more practical discipline. It covers all aspects of business and the likely challenges, from the start-up right through to the problems of a multi-national.

Our aim                       

Through the study of Business students leave St Mary’s not only with a qualification that can be used beyond the classroom but the skills and confidence to use the theory that is taught. Many students go on to study a Business related degree and they find the A level has prepared them very well for this.

The course is taught using a series of purpose-made booklets covering all of the specification alongside past exam papers, individual research and the preparation of presentations. The course has a high mathematical content and students are given extra help with this aspect as and when needed.

Sixth Form                  

We look at:
• What is business?
• Managers, leadership and decision making
• Decision making to improve financial performance
• Decision making to improve HR performance
• Decision making to improve operations
• Decision making to improve marketing.

The course is taught using a series of purpose-made booklets covering the course content alongside past exam papers, individual research and the preparation of presentations.

The study of Business does involve quite a lot of mathematical work and therefore students need to have at least a C grade or above in Mathematics GCSE.

Business complements many other A level subjects such as Information Technology, Design Technology, Mathematics, Sciences and Languages. And it provides a useful foundation for many degree courses such as Accountancy, Management, Information Technology, Law, Economics and of course Business.