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Business Studies AS/A Level at Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Course description

You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically and make informed decisions; all skills that are required to be successful in any business environment.

Understanding the nature and purpose of business, mangers, leadership and decision making are just some of the topics that are included in the course. As well this you will be expected to analyse the strategic position of a business, taking into account the internal factors and external environment that can impact upon the success and competitiveness of an organisation. You will also explore all the major business functions such as marketing, finance and human resource management.

Course content

The AS course is completely examination based, there is no coursework, so you must have demonstrated through yourGCSE grades that you can cope successfully with this kind of assessment regime.

At AS Level, this course introduces you to the challenges and issues of starting a business, including financial planning. It then explores the key internal functions of business and how the management of these functions can assist in improving the effectiveness and performance of a business.

In the first year you will study 2 aspects of business:

Unit 1: Planning and Financing a Business

  • Starting a Business – The challenges and issues of starting a business; enterprise; entrepreneurs.
  • Financial Planning – Key financial concepts needed to start a business including: sources of start up finance, planning cashflow, contribution and break even.

Unit 2: Managing a Business

  • People – Communication; motivation; recruitment; HR planning.
  • Operations Management – adding value; quality; customer service.
  • Finance – improving cash flow, measuring profit, improving profitability.
  • Marketing and Competition – planning; 4 ‘P’s; analysing the competitive environment.

Entry requirements

In addition to the formal college requirements it is vital that students have a strong, positive attitude to this subject. Do not do this subject as a last resort because you need ‘another subject to make up your programme’. Choose it because you want to do it and are strongly motivated to work hard.


Assesment will be in the format of three, 2 hour external examinations that include a variety of assessment styles that consist of multiple choice, short answer, data response, essayand case studies. 

Each paper will be 100 marks and equate to 33.3% of A level weighting.

Future opportunities

The majority of out students go onto study a Business related degree at Universities such as Newcastle, Northumbria, Durham, Teeside, Lancaster and York.

Employment Opportunities- Apprenticeship and employment opportunities in Accounting and Finance, Administration and Marketing are jst some of the progression routes that our students have also obtained.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hartlepool Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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