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Business Studies A Level - Level 3

Overview

Understanding business is becoming increasingly important in a world where advances in technology and communications have taken centre stage. This course will provide the grounding needed to cope with today's business environments.

This course will allow you to focus on the issues involved in a business start-up and look at how an established business is able to improve its effectiveness.

You will build on your knowledge base by considering complex business scenarios and study how external factors act as catalysts for change in relation to a range of real life businesses.

You will use your mathematical skills to interpret quantitative data and interpret the data through use of good English. 

Recommended courses to study alongside this A Level include:

Start dates and fees

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September 20224442Apply online

What will I study?

In the first year you will start by studying businesses in a variety of contexts focussing on the issues involved in a business start-up in relation to decision making. Consideration needs to be given to research, raising finance, employing people, leadership and budgeting, as well as the factors that determine success. You will follow this by focussing on how an established business with marketing, operations, human resource and finance departments is able to improve its effectiveness. You will look at the importance of decision making in many different contexts for businesses such as technological impact, stakeholders influence and use of quantitative and qualitative data.

In the second year you will build on your knowledge base by considering more complex business scenarios. You will focus on larger businesses which may be trading in international markets and how managers might measure the performance of the business and make strategic decisions. You will study external factors such as the economic, political and technological environments and assess how they act as catalysts for change in relation to a range of real life businesses. You will also look at how firms are influenced by issues such as Corporate Social Responsibility.

Throughout both years of the course you will carry out calculations, interpret and analyse data, apply knowledge to unfamiliar situations, develop arguments and make judgements and decisions.

Entry requirements

  • A miniumum of five GCSEs at grade 4 including English language and maths.
  • You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and/or a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements. This will need to be uploaded to your myVISION account by the end of May.
  • Following your application you will normally be offered a place subject to achieving the entry requirements and attending a welcome taster.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed solely by examination, with exams scheduled for May/June at the end of the second year.

Success rates

A Level Business Studies pass rate 2020 - 100%

What does the course lead to?

Degree options are vast and range from economics, finance and accountancy to management and enterprise and e-business.

Business studies represents a good subject choice for many students because all professional careers benefit from some knowledge of business practice.

What can I progress onto?

Degree options range from economics, finance and accountancy to management and enterprise and e-business.

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How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each A Level course you are interested in individually.

Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the courses you have chosen as well as any alternatives you may be considering.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your course choices.

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