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Business Studies A Level at Beechwood School

Course description

This is one of the new linear A level courses that has been introduced in Business Studies. The content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society – you will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology, business ethics, and globalisation. You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment.

Course content

Course Content Year 12

1. What is business?

2. Managers, leadership and decision making

3. Decision making to improve marketing performance

 4. Decision making to improve operational performance

5. Decision making to improve financial performance

6. Decision making to improve human resource performance

Course Content Year 13

1. Analysing the strategic position of a business  

2. Choosing strategic direction  

3. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

4. Managing strategic change


Examination papers make use of a variety of assessment styles including multiple choice, short answer, data response, essay and case studies so that students feel more confident and engage with the questions. Real life case studies will be used wherever possible to make it easier for students to relate to and apply their knowledge and skills developed throughout the course.

Future opportunities

The A level enables students to develop both a broad understanding of applied business principles and gives you the opportunity to focus on a specific pathway, e.g. Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Administration.

Business Studies students are at a great advantage compared to other graduates. Around 67% of Business Studies graduates are in full-time employment six months after graduation. Of these, around 20% work as business and finance professionals in areas such as Chartered Accountancy, Business Consultancy, Tax, Banking, City Markets and Insurance, all of which are highly rewarding careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beechwood School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years