Horsforth School Sixth Form Course Guide

Opportunity and achievement for all | Horsforth School Sixth Form 4 BUSINESS STUDIES (Edexcel Business Studies specification) Curriculum Leader: Mr D Foster Year 12 Theme 1: Marketing and people This theme looks at how businesses identify opportunities and develop a competitive advantage through interacting with customers. Students will develop an understanding of how businesses need to adapt their marketing to operate in a dynamic business environment and how businesses recruit, train, organise and motivate employees, as well as the role of enterprising individuals and leaders. Theme 2: Managing business activities This theme enables students to develop an understanding of raising and managing finance, and measuring business performance. The theme outlines the importance of using resources efficiently within a business to ensure that goods or services can be delivered effectively and efficiently, and to a high quality. Students also consider the external influences that have an impact on businesses, including economic and legal factors. Year 13 Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy This theme moves from functions to strategy, enabling students to develop their understanding of the core concepts and to take a strategic view of business opportunities and issues. Students analyse corporate objectives and strategy against financial and non-financial performance measures and how businesses grow, and develop an understanding of the impact of external influences. Theme 4: Global business Students investigate businesses that trade on a global scale and explore their reasons for doing so. Students develop an understanding of the globally competitive environment and consider the ethical and moral dimensions of global business activities. Students must investigate different types and sizes of organisation in various business sectors and environments, and in local, national and global contexts. Method of Assessment 3 x 2 hour exams. Please note – if you are studying A Level Business Studies and not studying A Level Mathematics then we recommend taking Quantitative Reasoning as a 4th option. CHEMISTRY (OCR Chemistry A specification) Curriculum Leader: Dr H Hogg AS Modules Foundations in chemistry: Atoms, compounds, molecules, equations and bonding. Periodic table and energy: Group 2 and 7, enthalpy changes and reaction rates. Core organic chemistry: Hydrocarbons, alcohols and haloalkanes, including organic synthesis and analytical techniques (IR and MS). Method of Assessment - AS: Paper 1 “Breadth in Chemistry” (50%) 1hr 30min. Paper 2 “Depth in Chemistry” (50%) 1hr 30min. A Level Modules Physical chemistry and transition elements: Reaction rates and equilibrium, pH and buffers, enthalpy, entropy and free energy, redox and electrode potentials and transition elements. Organic chemistry and analysis Aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids and esters, nitrogen compounds, polymers, organic synthesis, chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR). Method of Assessment - A Level (37%) Paper 1 “Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry” 2hr 15min. (37%) Paper 2 “Synthesis and Analytical Techniques” 2hr 15min. (26%) Paper 3 “Unified Chemistry” 1hr 30min. CPAC “Practical Endorsement” (Practical skills internally assessed). Please note – if you are studying A Level Chemistry and not studying A Level Mathematics then we recommend taking Quantitative Reasoning as a 4th option.

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