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Business Studies A level at Sharnbrook Academy

Course description

If you want to explore and be challenged by the day to day problems faced by any business, then this course is for you!

The course is for students who have a genuine interest in, and enthusiasm for, investigating the world of business and its impact on society in general as well as finding out about the key functions within a business. Also if anyone interested in a business related career

Course content

Planning & Financing a Business      

Unit 1: The reasons for, and challenges of starting a new business, and the financial concepts needed to be successful

Managing a business                                  

Unit 2: Four main issues with managing a small business, including good financial control, managing people in business effectively, managing operations to make decisions regarding quality, supplies etc. using marketing effectively to be competitive

Strategies for success     

Unit 3: Managing large complex businesses across finance, HRM, marketing and operations

The Business Environment and Change

Unit 4 : Bringing it all together and looking at how businesses assess change in their environment to manage it effectively for future developments and growth

Entry requirements

All students must meet the minimum entry requirements which are:

  • a minimum of five GCSE passes at A* to C, plus mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.
  • ECDL or an equivalent IT course where studied. Please note that, where a student wishes to take at least one A level course and has level 2 BTEC qualifications, those level 2 BTEC qualifications can only count for up to a maximum of two of the required GCSE passes at A* to C, or mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.

In addition to the general entrance requirements, if you have studied GCSE business you will be expected to have gained a grade B. However, GCSE business studies is not a prerequisite for this course.


There is no coursework.

Students are entered for one external exam at the end Year 13.  However, students will be regularly assessed during the course in the lead up to the external exams.

Financial information

Occasional visits may need to be financed.

Future opportunities

Advanced level business studies can lead to a number of associated courses at higher education such as accounting and finance, HRM, management, retail management, international business and many more.  It also provides a great foundation for entering the world of work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sharnbrook Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017

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