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A Level Business Studies at Royal Latin School

Course description

We are all consumers who are exposed to the decisions of Businesses everyday but what is the rationale behind the strategies they employ? Business Studies at A level offers students the opportunity to understand how Businesses operate in a variety of contexts; whether small or large, UK or global focussed, service or manufacturing, businesses have to make crucial decisions that will affect their success. A level business develops analytical and evaluative skills of contemporary issues that students will be able to apply in a real world context. Business Studies complements many other subjects such as Economics and humanities, drawing upon a range of academic disciplines including both maths and English. It is valuable to students wishing to pursue degrees and careers in finance, business management, human resources, marketing, logistics or production.

Course content

You will study a number of components designed to examine how businesses make decisions across the organisation. Initially you will consider “what is business?” considering why businesses exist, how they are formed and how they operate within the external environment. Exploring the key functions of business – finance, marketing, human resources and production – you will examine how business models are used to influence decision making. You will analyse how different factors such as ethics, customers and the economy all affect management decisions in trying to maximise the success of a business. In your second year you will analyse the strategic position of a business; you will assess the internal strengths and weaknesses of a business and analyse the opportunities and threats businesses face from social and technological change and the competitive and economic environment.

Entry requirements

We require at least a B in both maths and English. You will need to be keen to study current affairs with a Business focus.


Assessment is by examination taken in the summer

Further information

Whilst studying GCSE Business will be a benefit in terms of giving students a grounding in the subject, it is not critical and many students study Business Studies for the first time at A level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Royal Latin School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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