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Business Studies at St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College

Course description

This broad-based qualification is designed to allow candidates flexible progression routes, moving on to higher education or further training and/or employment.  The course provides knowledge and understanding of the business world.  It is ideal for those candidates who want a broad background in Business, which will allow them to progress to further or higher education, training or employment

Course content

GCE A-Level Business Studies comprises of four units that are taught in total in this qualification. The AS is examined by the end of the first academic year. Unit 1 is taken in January and Unit 2 in June. Students may re-sit any unit.  A2 is examined by the end of the second academic year. Unit 3 is taken in January and Unit 4 in June. Students may re-sit any unit.

AS qualification is made of two units:

Unit 1 – BUSS1 - Planning and Financing a Business
•           40% of AS, 20% of A Level
•           1 hour 15 minutes examination
•           60 marks
•           Short answer questions and extended responses based on a mini case study.
•           Available January and June



Unit 2 – BUSS2 - Managing a Business
•           60% of AS, 30% of A Level
•           1 hour 30 minutes examination
•           80 marks
•           Compulsory, multi-part data response questions.
•           Available January and June

A2 qualification is made of two units:

Unit 3 – BUSS3 - Strategies for Success
•           25% of A Level
•           1 hour 45 minutes examination
•           80 marks
•           Questions requiring extended answers based on an unseen case study drawing upon knowledge from AS units.
•           Available January and June



Unit 4 – BUSS4 - The Business Environment and Managing Change
•           25% of A Level
•           1 hour 45 minutes examination
•           80 marks
•           Pre-release research tasks leading to the first section of a two section examination.
•           Second section will consist of choice of essays. All questions will be essay style and synoptic therefore drawing upon knowledge from all four units.
•           Available January and June

Entry requirements

B in GCSE English and Mathematics

Assessment

100% external examination

Future opportunities

University and A-Level Management Trainee opportunities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College directly.

Last updated date: 09 January 2015
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