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Applied Business AS A2 at Guilsborough School

Course description


The study of this course does not require any previous experience of the subject.

AVCE Business is an enjoyable and rewarding course. It is suitable for students who have a lively and enquiring mind and a willingness to explore new ideas. The course aims to provide knowledge and understanding of business activity and also to develop useful skills for higher education or for training and employment. It is a vocational qualification, and so is focused on real life business scenarios and issues.

You will enjoy this course if you would like to:

  • develop an understanding of how business works in the real world
  • discover the problems and opportunities faced by local, national and international businesses
  • learn about how business functions such as marketing, finance, human and physical resources work together as part of a whole business
  • take an active approach in your learning

Course content

Course Content and Structure

At Guilsborough School, Applied GCE Business is offered at two levels of award:

The Part Award (made up of 3 Units and is equal to 1 AS level qualification)

The Single Award (made up of 6 Units and is equal to 1 A-level qualification)

The compulsory units in the Part Award are:

  • Unit 1 - Investigating Business (Portfolio Assessment)
  • Unit 2 - People in Business (Portfolio Assessment)
  • Unit 3 - Financial Planning and Monitoring (External Test)

For the Single Award, the compulsory Units are:

  • Unit 1 - Investigating Business
  • Unit 2 - People in Business (Portfolio Assessment)
  • Unit 3 - Financial Planning and Monitoring (External Test)
  • Unit 8 - Business Planning (Portfolio Assessment)

Plus two Units from the following, including one external test.

  • Unit 9 - Marketing Strategy (Portfolio Assessment)
  • Unit 10* - Promotional Activities (Portfolio Assessment)
  • Unit 11 - The Marketing Environment (External Test)
  • Unit 12* - Managing People (External Test)
  • Unit 13 - Managing Information (Portfolio Assessment)
  • Unit 14 - Managing Change (Portfolio Assessment)
  • Unit 15 - Financial Accounting for Managers (External Test)
  • Unit 16 - Managing Resources (Portfolio Assessment)

Entry requirements

Previous Examination Requirements

No previous experience of the subject needed.


Assessment in Applied GCE Business

Within each unit, there will be assignments set which enable students to demonstrate their understanding of different topics. Candidates have to produce a portfolio which meets the requirements of the assessment criteria specified. These assignments will be marked out of 70 and any incomplete/incorrect work may be re-submitted, at the discretion of the teacher.

Two thirds of all work will be set and marked by the teacher. One third of the course will be externally assessed through tests (1 hour).

Further information

For further information please contact Mr A Sattar.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Guilsborough School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: AS - 1 year, A2 - 2 years