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Business at The Sixth Form College Farnborough

Course description

The course is essentially concerned with the management of businesses in all its aspects.

The central theme is the decision making process common to all areas of business activity. You will soon become aware that business activity is an integrated process and that decisions made in one area always have an impact on other areas.

There is a strong element of numerical work in developing your understanding of the quantitative methods which businesses use to research and measure future objectives and actual performance.

Course content

The two AS units will be: 

  • Planning and Financing a Business - starting a business; financial planning (40% of AS, 20% of full A level)
  • Managing a Business - decision making in the four main business functions - people, operations management, finance, marketing; how to deal with competition (60% of AS, 30% of A level)

The two A2 units will be:

  • Strategies for Success - marketing and financial, human resource and operations strategies (50% of A2, 25% of A level)
  • The Business Environment and Managing Change - mission, aims and objectives; external influences; leadership and corporate culture; managing change
    (50% of A2, 25% of A level)

Business activity is diverse and so is what happens in lessons.

You will be involved at various times in discussion of current and topical business issues, group decision making and research exercises, role-play and presentations, to the class, individual problem solving, study of business techniques.

This subject will help you develop a variety of skills including problem solving, decision making, managing your own learning, using numerical techniques with confidence, effective communication, working with others, judgment and evaluation.

Entry requirements

  • While you do not need any previous knowledge of Business Studies at GCSE, you should have at least a grade C in GCSE Mathematics, as there is significant numerical work, and in English Language.
  • Experience shows that your chances of success at A2 are greater if you have a grade B in English Language.


All units are assessed by an exam on unseen case study or data response material. Unit 4 includes pre-released research tasks as part of the assessment.

Future opportunities

Business Studies has equal status with other A levels as an entrance qualification to Higher Education and is highly desirable for business/management degree courses.

There is an enormous variety of courses with a business studies or management content – ranging from French to forestry, manufacturing to marketing and tourism to textile design. It also provides practical skills and knowledge of value to most employment opportunities.

Further information

What other subjects could I do with business studies?

It could be argued that Business Studies is of value whichever subjects you are doing since everyone will encounter the commercial aspects of their job at some point in their career. For those keen to pursue a career in business, Accounting, Languages and Mathematics are popular choices but in recent years students have combined Business Studies with most other subjects on offer at the College.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sixth Form College Farnborough directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2016

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