Who is this course for?
Whether you wish to work in a large organisation or you have ambitions of starting your own business, Business Studies gives you an understanding of how business works. In Business Studies A Level, we investigate how organisations provide the goods and services that customers will use. This will involve studying firms and the environment in which they operate. We will look at how firms are affected by Government policy, overseas trade, other firms and the customers they compete for. What makes some firms successful and others failures?
Formal Entry Requirements
All students studying A Levels must have five GCSEs A*-C in academic subjects including GCSE English Language at C or above. In order to study Business you would also need GCSE Maths at C or above. In order to progress from AS to A2 you will need a D grade at AS Level.
What does the course involve?
While drawing on real world examples, we will cover areas including:
The nature of business, what businesses are doing today and what makes them successful
Objectives and strategy
The business environment
The market mechanism
Marketing Accounting and finance
People in organisations.
Studying Business Studies will help you understand more about the world in which we work and give you a greater insight into the everyday events that we see on the news and read about in the press. It will help you develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants. You will also develop an awareness of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals. Studying business will involve examining the operation of real life businesses, case studies, discussion of issues and internet based activities.
How will I be assessed?
AS and A Level Business Studies will be assessed through a series of examinations in the first and second year of the course. There is also a business case study which requires you to apply business skills to a real life example.
Where can I go next?
Business Studies is a good preparation for careers in Accountancy, Management, Journalism, Marketing, Politics, Teaching/Lecturing, Retailing, Local Government, and any other career that requires a non specific degree.