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Business Studies A-Level at Wales High School and Business and Enterprise College with Applied Learning

Course description

Course Overview

A-Level Business Studies is a two year linear course. This is an exciting, engaging and enjoyable course that will allow you to link real businesses to your learning. You will study how businesses make decisions in relation to marketing, human resources, operations and finance. You will learn about different management and leadership styles and how businesses manage change.


Examination Board

The Examination Board for this course is AQA.


Where can this lead?

You can access the plethora of business degrees offered by universities, or specialise in one specific area such as marketing. It also gives you an underpinning knowledge of the business world, which will support you in a variety of professions.


Course Entry Requirements

A minimum of six GCSEs (must be traditional GCSEs) at A*- C (or equivalent). Must include English and Mathematics at grade 5 and above. All students must attend a course interview.


Course Breakdown - Lower Sixth

  • What is business

  • Management, leadership and decision-making

  • Decision-making to improve marketing performance

  • Decision-making to improve operational performance

  • Decision-making to improve human resource performance


Course Breakdown - Upper Sixth

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business

  • Choosing strategic direction

  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

  • Managing strategic change


Enrichment Opportunities

Additional support is offered throughout the course to ensure that all students are able to develop and consolidate their analytical and evaluation skills. Local businesses frequently visit school so that theoretical concepts can be seen in practice. Students have an opportunity to take part in visits, including a trip to the Jaguar Manufacturing Plant in Castle Bromwich.


Additional Information

This is a linear course. Students sit three examinations at the end of the second year.


  • Paper 1: Three sections to include: multiple choice, short answer questions and essay questions.

    (two hour written exam - 100 marks, 33.3% of A-Level)


  • Paper 2: Three data response questions.

    (two hour exam - 100 marks, 33.3% of A-Level)


  • Paper 3: A case study followed by around six questions.

    (two hour written exam - 100 marks, 33.3% of A-Level)


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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Can be 1 or 2 years