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Business Studies AS at St Paul's Catholic School for Girls

Course description

I do not believe that there has ever been a more interesting time to study this subject.  Globalisation issues such as unethical outsourcing and tax evasion by larger international businesses, economic issues of recession and the scarcity of natural resources all play their part in making the study of Business and its economic influences relevant, current and an excellent preparation for any future career.You will study OCR’s AS and Advanced level Business Studies and aim to develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants.  In this process you will acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem solving, challenging assumptions and quantifying and managing information.

Course content

 AS unit 1 – “An Introduction To Business”

This unit considers the way in which businesses operate and the effect of the external business environment. 

 AS unit 2 – “Business Functions”

You should be able to recognise inter-relationships between each of the four main functions of  a business and that in a dynamic and challenging environment, decisions have to be taken considering both the organisation’s wider objectives and its resources.

Entry requirements

 Previous experience of Business Studies or Economics is desirable but not required

Grade B in GCSE Business Studies or Grade B in Mathematics


 AS Unit 1 – 1 hr written paper  (60 mks)

AS Unit 2 – 2 hr written paper based upon pre-release case study (90 mks)

Future opportunities

The Business and Economics faculties in all universities are very large and buoyant with close links with industry.  Many offer sandwich courses involving a year paid year of experience before returning to university to sit your final examinations.  Degrees in Business and Economics make graduates extremely employable.  Such degrees can be combined with Law, Psychology, Languages or Sociology and many more.  You can specialise in Business  Finance, Logistics, HR Management or  Marketing.

 Currently there are some excellent Apprenticeships available with blue chip companies such as Land Rover, Price Waterhouse which offer paid work plus the opportunity to gain a degree part time.

Further information

 Small teaching groups, with help and advice available outside of lessons. 

Visits to industry as part of the course.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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