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Business Studies A Level at Plymouth High School for Girls

Course description

Business is closely related to the world of work. The course aims to increase your awareness of the impact of business decisions upon a number of groups that are aÙected by them, and how external factors aÙect the nature of business decisions. Businesses are studied in national and international contexts. The social and environmental impact of business decisions are considered as important as the economic reasoning behind them.

You will be expected to analyse and interpret business data in variety of ways and a degree of numerical skill is required. Background reading is stressed as an integral part of the course and an awareness of current aÙairs and business news items are necessary for a full appreciation of how this course relates to the real world of business.

Course content

A Level: The 2015 Business speciÚcation has increased the level of rigor at A Level, removing overlap between the GCSE and A Level syllabi. Students of this course will study business in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/small, UK focused/global, service/manufacturing). Students will utilise quantitative and qualitative data to support decision making in a variety of contexts, considering fours main areas of business; Únance, marketing, human resources and operations management.

The topics lend themselves to studying and engaging with the business world, while most of the assessment is based around real business situations. It is important for all students to engage with the world of business and students will be oÙered opportunities to visit both UK and International Businesses to gain a deeper understanding of the course.

Entry requirements

Our expectations are that students applying to study this Level 3 course for 2 years will have achieved a grade B or above in English and Mathematics at GCSE. In some cases entry onto the course may be on a trial basis and progression to A2 Level will be dependent on performance.


Assessment: A-Level Business is assessed by three synoptic 2 hour examinations. All three papers are equally weighted and are tested through a mixture of short answer and essay answer questions based around a stimulus case study. Paper 1 only contains a small percentage of multiple choice questions

Future opportunities

Business A-Level is regarded by higher education institutions as a strong academic subject, and one which complements almost any other Arts or Science subject. This course does not require any previous knowledge or qualiÚcation in Business. Students who show an interest in current and business aÙairs will gain maximum beneÚt from this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Plymouth High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 03 March 2017

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