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Business Studies A Level at The Downs School

Course description

AS/A-Level Business Studies is a useful, interesting and challenging subject.

At AS Level, the course introduces candidates to the challenges and issues of starting a business, including financial planning. It then focuses on how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions at a functional level.

At A2, the course considers strategies for larger businesses and how managers might measure the performance of the business. Finally, it considers the effects that external factors can have on businesses and how a business can plan for and manage change, including leadership style and change in business culture.

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

Students do not need to have studied GCSE Business Studies to start the A–Level course however, a GRADE C or above in GCSE Mathematics is essential.

Assessment

AS Level Paper 1, written exam, multiple choice, short answers and data response, 1hr and 30 mins, 50% of AS Level

Paper 2, written exam, based on one extended case study, 1 hr and 30 mins, 50% of AS Level

A Level Paper 1, written exam, multiple choice, short answers and essay questions, 2 hrs, 33.3% of A Level

Paper 2, written exam based on data response, 2 hrs, 33.3% of A Level

Paper 3, written exam based on one extended case study, 2 hrs, 33.3% of A Level

Future opportunities

Many students go on to universities and colleges to do business studies and related degree courses, such as Business Management and Accountancy. Many institutions offer sandwich courses, combining work placement with academic study.

A-Level Business complements all other studies in Arts, Humanities and Scientific areas. Around 90% of all graduates work in Business. Some students also go on to the rich variety of management trainee courses available at l8+ to the banks, other financial institutions, accountancy, retailing and industry

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

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

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