BusStuds2018Prospectus 01Course Outline

Business Studies aims to make you think critically about business. Business at this level encompasses many disciplines and covers different forms of organisation and business activity. The course integrates ideas drawn from various disciplines, including Economics, Accounting, Law, Government and Politics, Sociology and Psychology. The course focuses on small to medium sized businesses operating within national and international markets. It includes the teaching and learning of transferable skills such as calculations, interpreting and analysing data, applying knowledge to unfamiliar situations, developing arguments and making judgements and decisions.

The Business Studies AS/A2 Level course is concerned with a problem solving approach to business issues and enterprise. It will provide a theoretical and practical understanding of business operations and industry and the impact on them of external factors. This course deepens knowledge gained from the GCSE, but previous study is not necessary. However an interest in the business world is essential.

At AS level in year 12, areas of study include the importance of the context of business in relation to decision making, how technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete and the competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate. 

At A2 level in year 13, areas of study include the importance of assessing feasibility  and risk when making strategic decisions, the influences of Corporate Social Responsibility, ethical and environmental issues on strategic decisions and the impact of technology on strategic decision making.

Entrance requirements and skills needed 

The course requires a good standard of English and maths. Students are encouraged to develop an awareness of business topics which can be used as examples in written work. Students do not need to have studied the subject at GCSE.

BusStuds A level 01Assessments - AQA qualification

The AS and A Level exams are 100% exam based.

The AS Level exam consists of two papers. Paper 1 contains multiple choice, short answer and extended answer (essay) questions and Paper 2 contains short answer and extended essay questions. Each paper is worth 50% of your mark.

The A Level exam consists of all three papers at the end of the two year course with similar content to the AS exam but longer essay questions. Each of the three papers is worth a third of your final grade.


Why study Business Studies?

wallstreet.jpgBusiness Studies is a multi skilled subject, that gives students an insight into the difficulties of setting up a business, as well as developing their knowledge of marketing, accounting, human resources, production and economics. It is a useful for a wide choice of Business and Management related degrees, as well as Media, Law, Economics, Accounting, and Finance.

It can also lead to a wide range of careers, for example, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Advertising, Events Management, Retail Management, Banking, Finance, Publishing and Law.

Combined with a modern foreign language, Business Studies can also lead to international business careers.


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