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Business Studies A Level at Hinchingbrooke School Academy

Course description

Why Study Business?

A Level Business will give you an insight into the dynamic world of business. It is not just a theoretical subject; it is about real life. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Business a very useful subject for the world of work and university. You will learn about businesses and the way they operate in today’s society. You will investigate problems which real businesses are currently facing and use your initiative to develop possible solutions.

You will get opportunities to put your ideas, opinions, independence of thought and initiative to practical use and development of transferable skills which are relevant to the world we live in – problem-solving, creative thinking, research, evaluation, communication, personal development and decision-making. 

Course content

The main topic areas will include the following:

•  Business objectives and strategic decisions

•  External influences facing businesses

•  Marketing and marketing strategies

•  Operational strategy

•  Human resources

•  Accounting and financial considerations

In your study of Business you will look at a variety of firms in different industries and need to have an interest in the world around you. To start with you will focus on what businesses are, why they exist, what their aims are, and how one measures their success.

You will then move on to look at the role of markets, the economy and how competition will affect a business. You will also look at how other external factors affect the business such as the environment, government and technology.

You’ll look in detail at the various functional strategies that business use to be successful. How can they change their marketing, finance, operations and human resources in order to improve their performance?

Finally, you will learn how to analyse the strategic position of the business using tools like financial ratios. Then you will see how firms choose their strategic direction and choose which markets to compete in and what products to offer. Change is a constant in business and you will investigate how firms manage changes that take place.

Entry requirements

Five 4s. 5 in English.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Exam board: Edexcel. 100% exam based.

Future opportunities

Leading To A Career In?

Degrees in Business, Management, Human Resources, Accountancy, Law, Finance, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Sociology and Psychology. Careers with a Business degree have high earning potential.

Career possibilities include: banking, insurance, advertising, distribution, sales, accounting, law, education, central or local government, business consultancy, entrepreneurship.

Further information

For further information please contact Mrs Haines ( ).

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Bu