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Business Studies at St Edward's College

Course description

Business Studies is a demanding and diverse subject that challenges your numerical skills, your ability to handle data, and how well you are able to construct balanced and convincing written arguments. These are essential qualities that universities and employers look for.

You will study how business operates in the world today, and how it impacts upon our daily lives. This covers marketing, accounting and finance, human resource management, operations management, business objectives and how government laws and policies affect business. To do this, you will engage in wider reading on business case studies, keep a key eye on current business news, and be able to communicate your opinions in a clear and persuasive manner.

Course content

You will learn how to analyse individual businesses, their history, their future plans and their accounts. Also, you will be able to communicate your ideas and opinions concisely and effectively. You will learn how to assess a wide range of information in order to find the solutions to business problems and you will develop your literacy and mathematical skills.

Entry requirements

B grade in GCSE Maths AND C grade in GCSE English or vice versa


Assessment ranges from short questions where you must provide definitions to key terms, to using financial data to perform calculations, up to extended essay-
style questions where you will analyse and evaluate two sides of an argument.

There are three written papers for A level. Each paper is worth one third of the overall grade, is two hours long and each paper covers all syllabus material:

Paper 1–Multiple choice questions, short answer questions and two essay questions
Paper 2 –Three data response questions
Paper 3 –Six questions based on a case study

Future opportunities

Business Studies involves the application of many essential skills which can be applied to many disciplines and open many doors. Degrees in Business Studies and related subjects can lead to careers in Advertising, Management, Government, Accountancy and Banking.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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