AGQ Applied General Business

Why study Applied General Business?

The Applied General in Business is designed to provide a broad understanding of business and to support progress to higher education. It will provide an insight into how businesses operate and what makes them successful. Anyone thinking of joining an existing business or starting their own business needs to understand what makes a business work. The ability to conduct research, write reports and do presentations is valued by all employers. As this is a vocational course, you will be involved in a range of activities such as visiting local businesses, carrying out research, designing promotional campaigns and writing plans for a new business of your own.

What will I study?

The units studied are:

  • Applied General Certificate (equivalent to half of an A level course)
    • Unit 1 – Financial Planning and Analysis
    • Unit 2 – Business Dynamics
    • Unit 3 Entrepreneurial Opportunities
  • Applied General Extended Certificate (equivalent to a full A level course)
    • Unit 4 – Managing and Leading People
    • Unit 5 – Developing a Business Proposal
  • Plus one further optional unit, selected from the following:
    • Unit 6 – E-business Implementation
    • Unit 7 – Managing an Event
    • Unit 8 – Marketing Communications

The nature of the applied course means that as far as possible we will be trying to bring business to life by looking at real business practice. We currently have links with a range of local businesses including Castle Gardens, Honeybuns, Sherborne Turf, The Eastbury Hotel, Olives et al and Remous Print.

How will I be assessed?

Applied General Certificate

Unit Title Assessment Type
Unit 1 – Financial Planning and Analysis External Examination
Unit 2 – Business Dynamics Internal Assessment
Unit 3 – Entrepreneurial Opportunities External Assignment

Applied General Extended Certificate

Unit Title Assessment Type
Unit 4 – Managing and Leading People External Examination
Unit 5 – Developing a Business Proposal Internal Assessment
Optional Unit 5, 6 or 7 Internal Assessment

External examinations will be taken in the January series. There will be one resit opportunity for each of the externally examined units in the June series.
The qualification is graded as Pass (P), Merit (M), Distinction (D) and Distinction* (D*) for both the Applied General Certificate and the Applied General Extended Certificate.
The qualifications have been developed with the support of higher education institutions and UCAS points will be awarded in line with all other A level courses.

Entry Requirements

There is no need to have studies Business before but you will need 6 GCSEs at grade C or above and a good grade in English. Your performance in coursework/controlled assessment should be particularly good.