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Business Studies A Level at Harlow College

Course description

This course covers a wide range of business topics, provides a broad overview of how business works and will increase your knowledge and understanding of the modern business world. Topics covered include: business classifications; objectives and influences; business functions; finance; cash flow and insolvency; strategic management; marketing management and managing teams.

Course content

  • Unit 1 - Introduction to Business: 
    The nature of business, how businesses can be classified, the objectives of business and influences on business.
  • Unit 2 - Business Functions: 
    Different aspects of business, including the marketing function, the role of accounting and finance, issues relating to people within organisations and the principles of operations management.

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  • Unit 3 – Strategic Management: 
    How business objectives and strategy are formulated and applied. Candidates will also appreciate issues relating to business analysis. A range of external influences will be considered as well as how organisations deal with change.
  • Unit 4 – Marketing Management: 
    The principles of marketing focusing on the market, market segmentation, market research, marketing planning, models of marketing and the marketing mix.

Entry requirements

7 GCSEs Grades A* - C with an average points score of 45, plus GCSE MAths and GCSE English at grade B or above preferred.


AS: 2 x 1 hour and 30 mins exam 

A Level: 3 x 2 hour exams

Financial information

You will have to provide paper, pens, folder and calculator, plus course texts and revision guides.

Future opportunities

If you have an ambition to work in the commercial world, if you wish to join a global blue chip company, work in an entrepreneurial sector or one day start your own business, an A Level qualification in Business provides you with the theory, knowledge, critical thinking skills and some level of management understanding.

Business students can progress into apprenticeships and employment, although the majority progress to university, often to study Business Management or similar undergraduate degrees. Careers available include marketing, sales, finance or human resources or project management.

Further information

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 April 2016
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