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Business Studies Level 3 AS & A2 at Woodkirk Academy

Course description

Business Studies introduces you to the challenges and issues of starting a business, including the financial planning. It begins by looking at small businesses and then focuses on how established businesses might improve their effectiveness. As the course progresses you will look at how large businesses operate and consider the effects of external factors on these types of businesses. This is a real subject - you will be investigating actual organisations and considering real life situations.

The ability to use a range of skills, including decision-making and problem-solving is useful. Equally important is an awareness and interest in current affairs and those issues affecting businesses.

Course content

Subject Content

AS Unit 1 - Planning and Financing a Business

Unit 2 - Managing a Business

A2 Unit 3 - Strategies for Success

Unit 4 - The Business Environment and Managing Change

The AS is a subset of

Entry requirements

Minimum grade C in GCSE Business Studies or Merit level passes in BTEC Business. Advanced level Business Studies requires a reasonable level of numeracy but it is not mathematical. The ability to use a range of skills, including decision-making and problem-solving in the light of evaluation and, where appropriate, the quantification and management of information is crucial. Equally important is an awareness and interest in current issues affecting business. This includes the current structure of business and business practice, as reflected in events and issues affecting organisations in different sectors and environments, recognising that they face varying degrees of competition. These organisations include: large and small; manufacturing and service; local, regional, national and multinational; profit-making and non-profit-making.


All assessment is by written examination.

The exams are a mixture of short answer questions and extended responses based around real and imaginary case study scenarios.

Students will sit exams in January and June of Year 12 and Year 13.

Future opportunities

Many students continue their studies in Higher Education where Business Studies or related subjects are an increasingly important component of many degree courses. As the subject of Business Studies is so broad, there are a vast amount of study options available. Previous Business Studies students have embarked on courses such as Law, Management, Accountancy, Marketing and Human Resources, to name a few. Business Studies gives opportunities for careers in both public and private sectors, in the UK and abroad. It also provides basic information for those who wish to start up their own business.

Further information

Subject Combinations

Business Studies will combine well with most other Advanced level subjects.

AS Business Studies - Student Comments

'I have found Business Studies both educational and enjoyable. Initially, I was quite apprehensive to study Business at AS as I hadn't studied it at GCSE. However, the course has proved to be exciting, with regular class discussions, interesting presentation activities and useful educational visits. Also, the teachers within the department are supportive and helpful making the learning atmosphere pleasant.'

Abdullah Raje Year 13

'I have found the AS course challenging yet enjoyable. I studied Business at GCSE and I feel this has helped, as the AS course has been an extension of much of the GCSE work. The department is well resourced with its own computers and the friendly staff are willing to help you at all times.'

Leanne Bennett Year 13

How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 Years