Pre-U Business and Management

Why should I study the Pre-U in Business and Management?

The Cambridge Pre-U in Business and Management offers opportunities for learners to develop an appreciation of the value of business activity, plus a practical understanding of how businesses operate and why business decision making is important.

The syllabus is designed to blend academic rigour with the development of practical skills. Knowledge relevant to businesses in the 21st century is embodied in the content. For example, topics such Corporate Social Responsibility, Porter's Five Forces model, China and India as emerging economic powers, waste management and off-shoring are included, as well as more classic principles which will continue to be relevant in business. 

What will I need to study Business Studies?

It is expected that candidates achieve at least a grade B in Mathematics IGCSE.

Structure and outline of the course:
Pupils study businesses in a variety of contexts within competitive environments: large/small, UK/global, service/manufacturing. Impacts of decision-making on the functional areas of business (finance, marketing, operations and human resources) are considered, alongside ethical and environmental aspects. Impacts from advances in technology are considered, as will the wider external business environment, both domestic and international. Much of the discussion and course delivery will be based on case studies of real business scenarios. 
From September 2017 the Cambridge International Pre-U in Business and Management replaced the A Level in Business. The Pre-U has a slightly greater depth of content than the A Level and includes more economics and use of statistics. Assessment is via two written papers and an independent investigation to be carried out in the summer term which will allow students to research and make recommendations on a local, small business.

An established 2-year linear course. In addition to business it includes considerable economics, law and maths. Seeks to blend academic rigour with practical research skills and report writing. In brief content comprises:

1. The Business Environment 
2. Marketing 
3. Accounts and finance
4. Operations and project management
5. People

Method of Assessment:

The linear assessment structure means that learners are tested at the end of the two-year course and the assessment develops competence and confidence in the calculation and interpretation of business data. Furthermore, assessment objective 5 focuses explicitly on developing research skills, which are valued by employers and universities and in this learners will produce and independent investigation into a business problem faced by a small/ medium-sized business.

Paper 1: Business Concepts 2hrs45 (35% of the total)
Paper 2: Strategic Decisions 3hrs (40% of the total)
Paper 3: Personal Investigation (3500/ 4000 word report) (25%)

Student Comments:

“This subject helps to broaden your knowledge on how the business world runs. The lessons are enjoyable and we can relate them to everyday life.”

“After Year 11, we wanted to broaden our horizons, so we chose Business. It has proved to be very interesting as well as fun.” 

“Business is a good subject to study as it gives you an insight into how the business world is run. It teaches you how to pick out relevant information and is both logical and exciting.”

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