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Business Studies AS at Swinton Academy

Course description

The aims of the course are to encourage students to; develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value; be aware that business behaviour can be studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders including customers, managers, creditors, owners/shareholders and employees; be aware of the current structure of business and business practice, as reflected in events and issues affecting organisations in different sectors and environments, recognising that they face varying degrees of competition. In addition, candidates should be aware of the economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues associated with business activity. Business can be combined with a variety of courses, especially, Accounting, Economics, Mathematics, English Language and General Studies.

Entry requirements

It is not essential that students have completed Business at GCSE level; students with good GCSE results are all welcome.


The department follows the AQA course, it consists of four modules which are all externally assessed via written papers, of which two are completed in AS. The first module ‘Planning and Financing a Business’ is examined in the January exam Series and includes information entrepreneurship, the different types of business structure and an introduction to business finance . The second module ‘Managing a Business’ is examined in the June exam Series and gives students more knowledge on increasing profits, recruiting and managing employees, operations management (including customer service and technology) and marketing.

Written assignments and research tasks are set on a regular basis and students are expected to completed independent reading around the subject and develop their understanding further.

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Future opportunities

The Business Department has maintained an excellent pass rate at A Level and has allowed students to access both University places to study Business related courses or move into Apprenticeships. The subjects and transferable skills taught in Business Studies directly relate to the world of work and would give students a competitive advantage in a competitive careers market. It allows students to keep their options open both for further study and for their chosen career path.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact Swinton Community School on 01709 570586 or email enquires@swinton.rotherham.sch

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: 21 May 2015
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