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Business Studies A level at Eckington School

Course description

Economic and Business Studies teaches students a variety of transferable skills including analysing and evaluating business and economic information from different sources, developing written communication skills and learning how to solve problems. Such skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers, universities and colleges as being of great value.

Students are introduced to business in theme 1 (Marketing and People: ) and theme 2 (Managing Business Activities) through building knowledge of key business concepts and applying them to business contexts at local, national and international levels, in order to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in theme 3 (Business Decisions and Strategy) and theme 4 (Global Issues), requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.

Students are encourage to use and enquiring , critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

Throughout the course students will develop the following transferable skills: problem solving, critical thinking, ICT literacy, communication, team working and team building, adaptability and self-management and self-development. Students will need to have mastered level 2 mathematical skills such as the ability to calculate ratios, averages, percentages etc., to interpret information in a variety of forms, to use quantitative and non-quantitative information to support decisions.

Course content

Theme 1: Marketing and People  students study how businesses identify opportunities and explore how businesses focus on developing a competitive advantage through interacting with customers. Students also develop an understanding of how businesses need to adapt their marketing to operate in a dynamic business environment. Finally students explore how businesses recruit, train, organise and motivate employees, as well as the role of enterprising individual and leaders

Theme 2: Managing Business Activities  students develop an understanding of how businesses raise and manage finance, and how to measure business performance. Students also study the importance of using resources efficiently within a business to ensure that goods and services can be delivered effectively and efficiently, and to a high quality. Finally students consider the external influences that have an impact on businesses, including economic and legal factors.

Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy  In this theme students move from function to strategy. Students develop their understanding of the core business concepts and to take a strategic view of business opportunities and issues. Students will analyse corporate objectives and strategy against financial and non-financial performance measures and how businesses grow, and develop an understanding of the impact of external influences. Finally students will consider the causes and effects of change and of how businesses mitigate risk and uncertainty.

Theme 4: Global Issues  Students investigate businesses that trade on a global scale and explore their reasons for doing so. Students develop an understanding of the globally competitive environment and consider the ethical and moral dimensions of global business activities.


The course consists of 30% coursework and 70% examination and is available at AS and A2 level at Eckington School.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September