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Business Studies A level at Woking College

Course description

This course will help you develop a critical understanding of business organisations and the markets they serve. You will study business behaviour from the perspectives of stakeholders such as customers, employees, shareholders, the government, and the local community. You will also learn about business start-ups, financial planning, people and operations management, marketing, business strategy and the business environment.

Course content

The following topics are split across all three components of this course - they can be assessed in any of the examinations, therefore are outlined here:

  • What is a business
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change


Component 1 - Examination: Business 1 (2 hours - 33.3%)

  • Section A: Multiple choice questions
  • Section B: Short answer questions
  • Section C: Essay questions
  • Section D: Essay questions

Component 2 - Examination: Business 2 (2 hours - 33.3%)

  • Section A: Data response questions

Component 3 - Examination: Business 3 (2 hours - 33.3%)

  • Section A: Case study and questions

Entry requirements

Five A*- C grades (or equivalent 4+) including at least a grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.


Examination = 100%

Future opportunities

Many degrees such as Accountancy, Management, Finance, Politics, Geography and Law all contain aspects of Business. Many of our former students have gone on to do degrees in Business, Economics, Engineering, Maths or Physical Sciences, and have found the subject useful to them. Ultimately, many Business students go on to work for businesses, in a wide variety of industries. Business Studies will also help you to make sense of current affairs and to be more aware of real world economic issues, such as interest rates, unemployment and the business cycle. You will also be developing a range of skills, which will certainly help in your chosen career and make you more attractive to potential employers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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