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Business Studies at St Mary's Catholic School

Course description

Awarding Body: AQA.

AS candidates are introduced to the challenges and issues of starting a new business including enterprise skills, generating and protecting business ideas, market research and the production of business plans. You also explore the financial aspects essential for all businesses to be able to plan and assess their performance including budgeting, cash flow, forecasting and profit calculations.

The second unit investigates the 4 key internal functions of a business (People, Operations, Marketing and Finance) and how the management of these functions can assist in improving the effectiveness and performance of a business.

A2 candidates examine the 4 key internal functions of businesses (People, Operations, Marketing and Finance) in relation to the core themes of setting objectives, measuring performance and devising suitable strategies mainly focusing on larger businesses.

Finally, in the fourth unit you will consider the effects that external factors such as economics, politics and law, competition and technology can have on businesses and how a business can plan for and manage change. You will study causes of change and leadership styles, culture and how to implement change and make strategic decisions.

Entry requirements

B in Mathematics.


100% EXAM.

AS is assessed by two examinations comprising a combination of compulsory data response questions and some short answer questions.

A2 is also assessed by two examinations. The first uses short questions and an unseen case study. The second asks questions based upon prior research as well as offering a choice of essay titles.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 March 2016
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