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Business Studies A-Level at Worthing College

Course description

This course covers all sizes of businesses from those selling locally to those selling globally. All aspects of business will be studied and the many external influences that require decisions, planning and responses.

Course content

The course follows the structure of establishing what is business, followed by learning about the environment businesses operate in and the role of managers and leaders, especially in relation to decision-making. The core of the first year focuses on the four functional areas of marketing, operations, finance and managing people looking at how decision-making improves performance.

The second year of the course moves from looking at the individual functional areas and decision-making to strategic decision-making for the whole business. This will include mission statements, corporate objectives, the external influences, where to invest, strategy, selling globally and managing change.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A* - C.


In the first year there are two 1hour 30 minute exams in the summer term.

Paper 1 consists of multiple choice, short answer and data response questions.

Paper 2 will be a case study with approximately seven questions.

In the second year there are three 2hour exams in the summer term.

Paper 1 consists of multiple choice, short answer and two essay questions.

Paper 2 is three data response questions.

Paper 3 is a case study with approximately six questions.

There is no coursework in either year.

You may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of your first year as a measure of your progress.

Future opportunities

Business Studies is an excellent preparation for higher education in a number of areas, including the further study of the subject itself or Economics and Entrepreneurship. It is also an extremely useful background for those considering setting up their own business. It provides an understanding of businesses, which will be useful for nearly all careers and workplaces.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worthing College directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016
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