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Business Studies A Level at The Thomas Hardye School

Course description

Business enables students to investigate different types and sizes of organisations in various business sectors and environments, drawing on local, national and global contexts. Students will develop a holistic understanding of business and enterprise and be aware of the opportunities and threats of operating in a global marketplace. Students will be expected to be familiar with current issues in business and be able to investigate, analyse and evaluate contemporary business opportunities and problems. Students will gain an understanding of the important role played by small businesses.

Course content


The first theme, on marketing and people, focuses on studying the characteristics of the markets within which firms operate. Students will investigate the importance of meeting customer needs using the marketing mix and effective strategy in order to change consumer behaviour. Students will study people management and explore the methods used to recruit, motivate, lead and monitor staff as well as developing entrepreneurship and leadership. Managing business activities makes up the second theme consisting of raising, planning and managing finance for businesses. A range of financial accounts will be studied and analysed using performance ratios to determine profitability, liquidity and efficiency for a firm. The importance of effective resource management and awareness of external influences is investigated.


Theme three focuses on business decisions and strategy starting with overall objectives for a firm and identifying functional actions that will achieve these for the firm. Methods of business growth including mergers and takeovers of businesses as well as organic growth are studied. Assessing competitiveness and managing change for business is covered and evaluated to allow students to make recommendations for future strategy. Theme four is on global business. Students will investigate a range of global markets, marketing techniques, industries and companies. As well as analysing the techniques used by international firms and recognising the external influences on international consumers. 


There are three examinations, each 2 hours long. Paper 1 will be focussed on the content from theme 1 and 3. Paper 2 is focused on the content from themes 2 and 4. Paper 3 includes questions from all themes covered, this paper includes a pre-release content to enable students to investigate an industry or market in which business operate. 

Future opportunities

The course will be valuable for students who are considering a career in business, finance or marketing. It will also be useful for those considering starting up their own business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2017
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