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Business Studies AS/A2 (See Option Blocks on our website) at Notre Dame High School

Course description

The course is aimed at students who have a particular interest in the organisation and operation of business. The units offer an excellent introduction to the skills required by students seeking various business-related careers; either via Further Education, Higher Education or directly into employment.

Course content

This course involves learning about businesses in a range of contexts. Students will learn how to plan, ļ¬nance and manage a business.  

Students will develop an awareness of the interrelationships that exist between each of the four main functions of business and their importance to those with an interest in the success of the business.

The course also involves looking at the competitive environment, strategies for success and managing change. Students will make use of business tools and models to help with decision-making and carry out a range of data analysis through the accounting and inance area of study.

Theme 1:

Marketing and People

Theme 2:

Managing Business Activities

Theme 3:

Business Decisions and Strategy

Theme 4:

Global Business

Entry requirements

A GCSE in Business is not required, however, you must be hard working with the ability to express yourself in a written format. A minimum grade C is expected if you have taken Business Studies at GCSE. Standard entry requirements if not.

(See Option Blocks on our website)


How will I be assessed?

The Examination Board is Edexcel. Assessment is 100% examination based. The following table is a summary of the A level Schemes of Assessment.



TITLE : Marketing, people and global businesses.

2 hours Written papper (100 marks) 35% of A level marks



Title:  Business activities, decisions and strategy

2 hours Written paper (100 marks) 35% of A level marks


Investigating business in a competitive environment

2 hours Written paper (100 marks) 30% of A level marks

Future opportunities

Progression from Advanced Level Business Studies could include:

A range of degrees in Business an management some examples are: 

  • Business Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Retail Management
  • Economics
  • Accountancy and Financial Management
  • International Business with Language

Career opportunities cover a wide range of areas including finance, law, marketing, management consultancy, retail, human resource management or any other general business environment.  A number of options may be available including direct entry into work; work-related studies to obtain further/professional qualifications; management trainee courses available at 18+.

The course is also suitable for those considering self employment

Further information

A wide range of subjects will combine well with Business Studies including Economics, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, ICT. 


Many degree courses include aspects of Business because it will be useful to graduates in their future careers.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 January 2017
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