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AS/A2 Business Studies at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

During the AS course you will study:

• 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

During the A Level course you will study the content from the AS course and the following:

• Analyse the strategic position of a BusinessChoosing strategic direction

• Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

• Managing strategic change In addition you will have the opportunity to gain key skills in information technology, numeracy and communication.

How will I be assessed ?

If you are studying the AS level in Business you will sit 2 papers at the end of your first year:

• Paper 1 – 90 minute exam – 50% of the AS level

• Paper 2 – 90 minute exam – 50% of the AS level

If you are studying the full A level in Business you will sit 3 papers at the end of the 2 years:

• Paper 1 – 2 hour exam – 33.3% of the A level

• Paper 2 – 2 hour exam – 33.3% of the A level

• Paper 3 – 2 hour exam – 33.3% of the A level Who should do this course ?

This course will appeal to students who:

• Enjoy studying a subject relevant to their own lives

• Want the opportunity to apply business theory to real life organisations

• Are interested in developing an understanding of businesses and how they operate.

How is the course delivered ?

The course is taught using a variety of methods including class discussion, independent library research, practical research projects, video presentations and taught sessions.

What equipment will I need ?

You need to be properly equipped with basic stationery such as lined / blank paper, pens, pencils and a folder to safely store notes and coursework.

What next ?

This course is for students who are interested in following a career in one of the many sectors of business, or who are following a pathway to further study.

It is particularly suitable for those considering a career in:

• Recruitment and human resources

• Finance/Accountancy

• Marketing

• Operations Management

• Teaching Further information If you need any further information 

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take AS or A level Business Studies should have five GCSE A* – C grades including English and Maths. It is not necessary to have studied this subject at GCSE level.

A ‘B’ grade in Maths is desirable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bluecoat Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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