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Business Studies AS/A Level at New College Durham

Course description

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.

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Future opportunities

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
Chief executive or senior official This unit group includes those who head large enterprises and organisations. They plan, direct and co-ordinate, with directors and managers, the resources necessary for the various functions and specialist activities of these enterprises and organisations. The chief executives of hospitals will be classified in this unit group. Senior officials in national government direct the operations of government departments. Senior officials in local government participate in the implementation of local government policies and ensure that legal, statutory and other provisions concerning the running of a local authority are observed. Senior officials of special interest organisations ensure that legal, statutory and other regulations concerning the running of trade associations, employers’ associations, learned societies, trades unions, charitable organisations and similar bodies are observed. Chief executives and senior officials also act as representatives of the organisations concerned for the purposes of high level consultation and negotiation.
Purchasing manager or director Purchasing managers and directors (not retail) plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the purchasing functions of industrial, commercial, government organisations and public agencies to ensure cost-effectiveness.
Manager or proprietor in other services n.e.c. Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of managerial tasks in other service industries not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 125: Managers and Proprietors in Other Services.
Teaching or other educational professional n.e.c. Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of other education and teaching occupations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 231: Teaching and Educational Professionals.
Sales accounts or business development manager Sales accounts and business development managers plan, organise and undertake market research to meet the requirements of an organisation’s marketing and sales policies.
Customer service manager or supervisor Job holders in this unit group plan, organise and co-ordinate resources necessary for receiving and dealing with the responses, complaints or further requirements of purchasers and users of a product or service, and supervise customer service occupations.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Durham directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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