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Business Studies A Level at Chipping Sodbury School

Course description

A-level Business Studies helps students:

  • develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value
  • to be aware that business behaviour can be studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders
  • acquire a range of skills including decision-making and problem-solving
  • to be aware of the current structure of business and business practice.

This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to acquire a range of important and transferable skills including data skills, presenting arguments, making judgments and conducting research. This course has no coursework or controlled assessment.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths.


Unit 1 – BUSS1

  • Planning and Financing a Business
  • 40% of AS, 20% of A Level 
  • 1 hour 15 minutes examination 
  • 60 marks 
  • Short answer questions and extended responses based on a mini case study.

Unit 2 – BUSS2 

  • Managing a Business 
  • 60% of AS, 30% of A Level 
  • 1 hour 30 minutes examination 
  • 80 marks 
  • Compulsory, multi-part data response questions. 
  • A2 Examinations (Award Code 2131)

Unit 3 – BUSS3 

  • Strategies for Success 
  • 25% of A Level 
  • 1 hour 45 minutes examination 
  • 80 marks 
  • Questions requiring extended answers based on an unseen case study drawing upon knowledge from AS units.

Unit 4 – BUSS4 

  • The Business Environment and Managing Change 
  • 25% of A Level 
  • 1 hour 45 minutes examination 
  • 80 marks 
  • Pre-release research tasks leading to the first section of a two section examination. Second section will consist of choice of essays. All questions will be essay style and synoptic therefore drawing upon knowledge from all four units.

Future opportunities

Students can progress from this qualification to higher education courses such as business studies degrees. Alternatively, students may choose to study economics or accounting degrees. It can also lead to a wide range of careers in any area of business but including finance, banking, insurance, accountancy, management and consultancy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chipping Sodbury School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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