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Business Studies - A Level at Bolton St Catherine's Academy

Course description

Students of this course will study business in a variety of contexts (eg large/small, UK focused/

global, service/manufacturing) and consider:

  • The importance of the context of business in relation to decision making
  • The interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness
  • The competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate
  • The influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues
  • The factors that might determine whether a decision is successful eg the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty
  • How technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete
  • The impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions
  • Use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making (including the interpretation of index numbers and calculations such as ratios and percentages).


Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment.

Course content

The college teaches to the AQA syllabus and includes the following:

  • What is Business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change
  • Business Studies is a very popular and well established subject. As most of us work in some form of business organisation, it is without doubt one of the most important and relevant subjects to study. It combines well with almost any other subject and it is held in high regard by universities and employers. Throughout the course you will develop transferable skills which you will be able to implement in your future chosen career path: skills include the ability to problem solve, analyse and make evaluative judgements.

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have five GCSEs at Grades 9 - 5, or a Merit in a relevant BTEC Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent), a Grade 5  in English Language and a minimum Grade 4 points in Mathematics.


This is a linear course, with 3 exams at the end of the two years of study. The exams have equal weighting, with a mixture of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and essay questions.

Future opportunities

Studying A Level Business Studies opens many doors and the majority of our students go on to higher education to study Business related degrees such as Economics, Law, Accounting, Marketing, Leisure and Tourism, Politics and Business itself.

Future careers include teaching, marketing, management, owning your own business, finance and accounting, banking and working in the retail sector.






How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 29 June 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September