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Business Studies A Level at Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School

Course description

Business Studies is a popular subject to study at A-level, providing a valuable academic and work-related qualification whilst also developing useful life skills. It combines well with almost any other subject and it is held in high regards by many universities and employers. Business Studies students will learn not only about business behaviour but also how business organisations are affected by the environment in which they operate.

Course content

Theme 1: Marketing and People

  •  Meeting customer needs
  •  The market
  •  Marketing mix and strategy
  •  Managing people
  •  Entrepreneurs and leaders
Theme 2: Managing business activities
  •  Raising finance
  •  Financial planning
  •  Managing finance
  •  Resource management
  •  External influences
Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy
  •  Business objectives and strategy
  •  Business growth
  •  Decision-making techniques
  •  Influences on business decisions
  •  Assessing competitiveness
  •  Managing change
Theme 4: Global business
  •  Globalisation
  •  Global markets and business expansion
  •  Global marketing
  •  Global industries and companies (multinational corporations) 
AS -
Paper 1: Marketing and People (Examination, 50% of the overall grade)
Paper 2: Managing Business Activities (Examination, 50% of the overall grade)
A2 -
Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses (Examination, 35% of the overall grade) 
Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy (Examination, 35% of the overall grade)
Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment (Examination, 30% of the overall grade) 


Entry requirements

Previous study of Business Studies is not a pre-requisite for this A-level. Students should have an interest in today's current business affairs and be prepared to undertake in-depth research into current business issues in their own time. Students must have achieved a minimum of grade B in Mathematics and a grade C in English Language. 

Future opportunities

  • If you want to learn about the issues involved in managing a business, the Business Studies A-level course will provide you with a stimulating insight into the commercial world.
  •  This A-level will give you the skills and knowledge to progress to higher education, as, throughout the course, emphasis is placed on decision-making and problem-solving
  •  Employers view A-level Business Studies favourably because of the way it develops certain skills, such as financial literacy and problem-solving
  •  Business Studies students are able to find employment in a whole range of industries and professions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2016
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