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Business - delivered at St Thomas Aquinas School at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Course description

The aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of how businesses are organised in order to meet their commercial and non-commercial objectives. Students on this course will study business in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/small, UK focused/global, service/manufacturing) and they will consider the following:

- the importance of the context of business in relation to decision making

- the interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness

- the competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate

- the influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues - the factors that might determine whether a decision is successful eg the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty

- how technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete

- the impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions

- use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making (including the interpretation of index numbers and calculations such as ratios and percentages)

Course content


Paper 1 – Business 1 – written exam 1 hour 30 minutes 50% of AS – 3 compulsory sections

Paper 2 – Business 2 - written exam 1 hour 30 minutes 50% of AS – one compulsory case study


Paper 1 – Business 1 – written exam 2 hours 33.3% of A-level – 3 compulsory sections Paper 2 – Business 2 – written exam 2 hours 33.3% of A-level – 3 compulsory data response questions

Paper 3 – Business 3 – written exam 2 hours 33.3% of A-level – 1 compulsory case study

Entry requirements

You should have achieved an Average Point Score across all your GCSE subjects of 40+ including a grade C in Business Studies.

Future opportunities

Business management skills and knowledge are required in most commercial and non-commercial organisations, and normally go hand in hand with extra responsibilities. This could include teaching, the civil service, self-employment, medicine, and the professions. We therefore provide the generic management skills, and your career interest provides the context. This is also a great opportunity that can lead to higher education where you can study business management, economics or accountancy at university.

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: 12 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September