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Business Studies A Level at Reading College

Course description

This course will provide you with a good overview of business as a whole, with a particular focus on enterprise. You will also learn about four business areas: marketing, finance, people management and operations. Your study will also involve strategic thinking about business influences and setting up a small business. 

You will study operational aspects of a business such as human resources, marketing, finance and accounting. You will develop analytical and critical skills as well as a creative approach to problem solving.

This course can be studied as part of the Business Pathway.

Course content

You will gain a good understanding of business and a number of associated areas by studying this AS level. You will study various functions within business such as marketing, finance, people management and operations.

Your study will include the following: 
• unit 1: Financing and planning a business
• unit 2: Managing a business
• unit 3: Strategies for success
• unit 4: The business environment and change.

Your Business AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study. This course offers good progression to business and finance or marketing-related degree courses. A large proportion of students gain high grades in this subject. 

You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a tutorial and they will help you set review and achieve your targets. There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and moving on to university. The vast majority of A-level students progress successfully to higher education. 

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience sport and performing.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs grades A* to C including English Language and Maths. A minimum of a D grade at AS allows you to progress onto your second year of study.

Assessment

You will be taught in our well-equipped classrooms by our experienced staff. Your study will involve learning different aspects and theories on business. We often have visiting speakers from local employers such as John Lewis to talk about their business and career opportunities and also Logica who have previously sponsored a student. This A level involves an exam based assessment and there is no coursework.

Financial information

The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £12,950 per year. Scholarships of up to £6,250 are available, for more information on International entries contact international@activatelearning.ac.uk.

Future opportunities

You could progress on to further study of a business-related subject at higher education level or alternatively enter the employment market. Degree courses can include business and management, business and finance, or business and accounting. You could enter employment in finance, human resources and marketing in roles such as Human Resources Officer, Marketing Executive, Retail Banker or Management Consultant.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reading College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

       
      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.