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Economics & Business Studies AS A2 at Prince William School

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AIMS OF THE COURSEThe study of this course does not require any previous experience of the subject. It is more important that you have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in economics and business affairs and a desire to explore new ideas and communicate them effectively. This course is a genuine and exciting attempt to combine the most useful elements of Economics and Business Studies, and will allow you to develop an understanding of relevant economic and business concepts and theories and apply them to a range of real world issues. COURSE DESIGN AND CONTENTThis course will teach the awareness that Economic and Business behaviour can be studied from the perspective of a range of stakeholders - customers, managers, shareholders, employees, government and society as a whole. It will also allow you to acquire the ability to make decisions in the light of evaluation, quantification and the management of economic and business information. Through the examination of business and economic theory, work is then applied to real business examples and case studies, to analysis and evaluate its impact and effects.

Entry requirements

As many of the Economic aspects of the course are linked closely to mathematical concepts and ideas, a grade C in Mathematics will be required. Although experience of GCSE Business Studies is not a prerequisite, students without this should be aware that some extra work will be required in order to understand the concept and models discussed at AS.


In the first year, students will take three units to give an AS qualification. In the second year, a further three units are taken (A2). AS and A2 units together give a full A-level qualification. AS CourseUnit 1Written paper based on Module 1: Objectives – What do people want? What do businesses do?Unit 2Written paper based on Module 2: Efficiency - What makes firms effective? And Module 3: Change – What are the challenges? Which way forward?Unit 3Two portfolio pieces (not more than 1,250 words per piece); one on Module 1 and one on Modules 2 or 3A2 CourseUnit 4Written paper on Module 4, using pre-issued evidence: Competitiveness – How competitive? Then two of the three options are taken:- Option 1: What is the global future?                        - Option 2: Can there be certainty?- Option 3: Competition, conflict or consensus?Unit 5Synoptic written paper based on chosen optionsUnit 6Two portfolio pieces, one on each of chosen options - not more than 1,500 words per piece The length of the examinations can range from 1 hour and 15 minutes to 2 hours.

Future opportunities

The qualification allows for a number of progression routes: Higher Education:The course provides students with the knowledge to move onto a range of Higher Education courses. There are many opportunities available to specialise in particular areas of business such as marketing or finance, or more general business administrative type courses. Employment:The subject is extremely useful for many careers, including law, business, accountancy and increasingly a wide range of professions which operate in a commercial environment, e.g. medicine, journalism, IT and engineering.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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