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Business Studies A Level at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

This is an excellent choice if you have an interest in business or believe that the career you may follow will require some degree of business knowledge. Business studies examines how businesses are set up, develop and grow. This includes the different types of businesses that exist, the objectives a business is likely to set itself, the meaning of profit and the external factors that influence the business, such as the economy or population trends. It also includes the influences on decision-making, such as the role of the leaders and other stakeholders.

Course content

The course offers a broad introduction to the world of business. It includes the following topics:

  • What is a Business? - Management, leadership and decision-making.
  • Marketing
  • Finance - ensuring you have more money coming into your business than going out!
  • Human relations: recruiting and motivating staff
  • Operations management: ensuring that you are working in the most efficient way possible.

In the second year, you will learn about how to analyse the strategic position of the business internally. You then go on to look at strategic choices that any board of directors will consider as well as the role of technology, innovation, and how any strategic change is managed.

Entry requirements

At least 5 full GCSEs grades grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths, plus, if taken, GCSE Business grade 4 (grade C) or above BTEC Business merit. An interest in Business and the world of work is an advantage. A successful learner is someone who enjoys working independently, is well-organised and can work to deadlines, has good communication skills and enjoys independent research, including gaining knowledge of contemporary business affairs.


We focus on active learning. You will take part in group work and presentations. A lot of your work will involve analysing case studies and discussing why businesses have acted in a certain way and making recommendations for the future. We will also try to give you the opportunity to see the business world in action.

Future opportunities

This qualification gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare for employment or higher education. It is a solid foundation for courses related to business, finance, accounting, marketing, administration, retail, customer service and human resources.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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