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Business Studies A Level at Heckmondwike Grammar School

Course description

For further information on all courses click here Subject Booklet

Course content

Course Content

Year 12

This is a linear course, and includes the study of a range of businesses from new small start-ups to larger, multinational organisations, as well as considering the external environment and stakeholder perspectives.

Topics in the first year include:

What is 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

For Year 13 content and further details, see subject booklet as above.

Entry requirements

Entry Qualifications

Grade B in Business Studies or BTEC Business Merit.

Grade 6 in English Language

May be taken at A level without prior study at GCSE



Paper 1: 2h written exam – Fifteen multiple choice questions, short answer questions and one essay question from a choice of two.

100 marks (33.3% of total A level)

Paper 2: 2h written exam – Three data response questions, each consisting of three or four part questions.

100 marks (33.3% of total A level)

Paper 3: 2h written exam - Six questions on one case study.

100 marks (33.3% of total A level)

Extended Learning

Stock Market Challenges

Marketing Competition

Study Trip to Paris/New York

Future opportunities

Career Opportunities

Business Studies is an absorbing subject with real-life relevance. The subject relates well to the workplace. 

Career opportunities include - Accountancy, Banking, Business Management, Business Law, Human Resource Management, the Civil Service and Marketing.


Further information

Special Features

This subject is an excellent course in preparing students for working life.  It provides an understanding of a business world that is rapidly changing.


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: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks

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