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Business Studies A Level at Thurston Community College

Course description

Year One

Students investigate the purpose of business and how they are influenced by the environment in which they operate. They then go on to explore how decisions are taken and the importance of various stakeholders. Students then gain an understanding of the four main functional areas of business, i.e. marketing, operations management, finance and human resources. They gain an understanding of how vital each is to the success of business organisations are the ways in which they are interdependent.

Year Two

In the second year of the course, students use knowledge gained at the previous year as a foundation upon which to analyse the strategic position of businesses and how they react to various influences, both internally and externally. Students investigate how businesses choose their strategic direction and the methods used to take a business forward, understanding how change is managed and why strategies can fail.

Entry requirements

B in Business Studies or 5 in English Language or Maths.


All units will be externally examined in July Year 2.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Business Studies can help with a career in accountancy, marketing, production and human resources, or combined with a range of social science, humanities and mathematics subjects, lead to university subject areas such as business, economics, law and accountancy. A variety of transferable skills are learnt including the important business skills of planning and decision making.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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