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Business Studies A level at Bradford College

Course description

The AS and A level Business course introduces you to all you need to know about working in business, providing a solid foundation for further study.

With a focus on helping you to become a good decision maker, you will learn essential managerial skills, alongside techniques to help you become an analytical problem solver. These skills are all highly sought after and valued in a wide range of careers.

Course content

Year One

An introduction to key business areas: marketing, operations, finance and human resource management. This includes a special focus on decision making-particularly how decisions in one area can affect the rest of the business.

Topic 1- What is a Business?

Topic 2 - Managers, Leadership and Decision Making

Topic 3 - Decision Making to Improve Marketing Performance

Topic 4 - Decision Making to Improve Operational Performance

Topic 5 - Decision Making to Improve Financial Performance

Topic 6 - Decision Making to Improve Human Resource Performance.


Year Two

An investigation of the strategic decisions that all business have to make.

Topic 7 - Analysing the strategic position of a business

Topic 8 - Choosing the strategic direction

Topic 9 - Strategic methods how to pursue strategies

Topic 10 - Managing strategic change.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade C or above.

Mature students should apply for an interview.


Year One:

AS assessment consists of two 90 minute written exams at the end of the one year course. Each exam will be worth half the AS. Exams draw on material from the whole course and will feature a range of questions styles including: multiple choice, short answer questions, essay questions, data response questions and case studies. 

Year Two:

A level assessment consists of three x two hour written exams taken at the end of the two year course. Each exam will be worth a third of the A level. All three papers will draw on material from the whole course, and will feature a range of question styles including: multiple choice, short answer questions, essay questions, data response questions and case studies.

Future opportunities

If you would like to study business, finance or management at university, A level Business provides an excellent foundation. The skills you learn are transferable across a broad range of subjects and careers.

Whatever you choose in the future, you will find that the things you learn in this course will help. For example you will probably work with lots of different people, so knowledge of motivational theory will help you to work well with others and help them to achieve their potential.

You might have ambitious plans to start your own business. If that is the case, you will find the marketing and finance topics particularly useful.

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 April 2016
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