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Business Studies GCE A Level Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

Do you see yourself as the next Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson or Mark Zuckerberg? Would you like nothing more than to grow a business from conception to a multi-million turnover? Have you got what it takes to succeed in the fast-paced, ever-changing business world? An A-Level in Business Studies could help you find out. You’ll be introduced to this dynamic subject with a look at the key aspects of decision making in business, covering departments like marketing, operations management, human resources, and accounts & finance. You’ll explore manager types and leadership styles, and understand how these impact upon decisions made and strategies implemented. Throughout the AS and A-Level, you’ll constantly be analysing and evaluating business performance in the real world, identifying opportunities for strategic change and potential methods to improve success! You’ll even take a closer look at some of the ethical issues affecting the business world, such as employee working conditions and tax payments.

Entry requirements

To enrol on this A-Level course, you’ll need to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including both Maths and English Language. A GCSE in Business Studies is helpful but it isn’t essential, although you should definitely be enthusiastic about business and current affairs.


There is no coursework for this A-Level. 100% of your mark will be based on exams, with three papers sat at the end of the second year which include multiple choice questions, case study questions, essay questions and questions based on data provided.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

With this qualification, you’ll be able to apply for a university-level degree of your choice, with a huge number of courses related to Business Studies. These include Business Economics, Management, Marketing, Business Law and Business & Computing. You’ll then be on the path to a successful career in the business sector, with a number of roles and opportunities to choose from, covering areas as diverse as investment banking, operations management, marketing, and financial journalism! (link to relevant career page)

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: 27 February 2017
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    • Shena Simon Campus is a vibrant sixth form centre in the heart of Manchester. The campus offers a full range of A levels and is well known for its excellent performing arts and music courses. It has industry standard media facilities and two theatres.

      Performances at the Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre are open to the public and are advertised on our events page.

      Facilities at Shena Simon Campus include:

      • rehearsal rooms and recording studios
      • IT suites designed for music and media production
      • DJ skills booths
      • photography studios and darkroom
      • Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre
      • theatre set production workshop
      • science labs
      • dance studios
      • library resources centre (LRC)

      Local area

      Shena Simon Campus is a Grade II listed building in a lively and beautiful part of the city centre. Whitworth Gardens, also known as Sackville Park, is a leafy urban oasis next to the campus. Shena Simon is surrounded by university buildings, giving 16-18 year olds a window into student life. The streets around the campus have lots of interesting architecture in the ornate style of the textile industry.

      Manchester’s central bus station and Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations are a few minutes’ walk from the campus. The National Express coach station is just around the corner.

      Shena Simon has the benefit of all the city centre’s attractions. It is particularly close to Chinatown and the Cornerhouse gallery and arts cinema.