Business Studies AS/A Level at New College Durham
This subject complements a variety of other AS/A2 level courses. There are areas of cross over where some Business Studies topics are covered in other A level subjects eg motivation in PE and Psychology; business location in Geography; environmental issues in Environmental Studies.
You will be expected to adopt a problem solving approach to Business Studies and develop a critical understanding of the nature and working of business.
Emphasis is placed on the ability to develop a knowledge and understanding of business concepts and terminology, whilst demonstrating the skills necessary to identify, analyse and evaluate problems in a variety of business contexts
Briefly AS comprises of two components:
Component 1 – Business Opportunities (Written paper - 1hr) Structured questions)
Topics: Enterprise, business plans, markets, market research, business structure, location, finance
Component 2 – Business Functions (Written paper – 2 hr ) This written paper will comprise of two sections. Section A compulsory data response and Section B one essay from a choice of three essays. This exam will test topics in both Component 1 and 2.
Topics: marketing, finance, human resources and operation management.
Briefly A Level comprises of three components :
Component 1 – Business opportunities and functions (written paper – 2hrs) taken from all the topics in Component 1 and 2 at AS Level. This written paper will comprise of two sections – Section A compulsory short answer questions and Section B compulsory data response questions.
Component 2 – Business Analysis and Strategy (Written paper: 2 hrs 15 mins )
Topics: data and market analysis, sales forecasting, analysing financial and non-financial performance, decision-making models, investment appraisal.
Component 3 - Business in the Changing World (Written paper – 2 hrs 15 mins) this written paper will comprise of two sections. Section A compulsory questions on a case study and Section B – one essay from a choice of three. This exam will test topics in all of the A Level content.
Topics: change, risk management, PESTEL, international trade, globalisation, The European Union.
GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics. It is not a requirement to have studied Business Studies at GCSE level. Past results demonstrate that students who have not studied GCSE Business Studies perform equally as well as those who have.
This A level, in combination with other subjects, provides the opportunity for further study in Business Studies or related subjects. It offers a foundation to specialise in many other Business related degrees with specialist routes into marketing, accounts, economics, finance, administration, retail management, European studies/languages.Related careers
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Durham directly.