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AS/A2 Business Studies at Trinity Sixth Form Consortium

Course description

Why Business Studies?

Business Studies is a broad ranging subject covering a number of topics as diverse as law, finance and business ethics.  The subject offers students the opportunity to keep career prospects open whilst developing an understanding of business, and a range of transferable skills.


Who is it for? 

The subject is for anyone who;

  • has an interest in business and how it operates
  • wants to study a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experience
  • wants to follow a course that will lead to higher education or a career.

Course content

Course Structure and Content


Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Modules (50% of total mark)

Advanced (A2) Modules  (50% of total mark)


Unit 1 - BUSS1 Planning and Financing a Business

Unit 2 - BUSS2 Managing a Business



Unit 3 - BUSS3 Strategies for Success

Unit 4 - BUSS4 The Business Environment and Managing Change



Entry requirements

Grade B pass in English at GCSE


Assessment is by external examination of the four modules; Unit 1 and Unit 2 are taken at the end of the first year for AS, and Unit 3 and Unit 4 are taken at the end of the second year for a full A level. There is no coursework component. At A2 it is possible to be awarded an A*.  Candidates will need to achieve a grade A on the full A Level qualification and an A* on the aggregate of the A2 units.

Future opportunities

University degree or apprenticeships for careers in Accounting, Business Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing and Events Management,  Law, Criminal Psychology, Sport and Leisure, Teaching… The choice is yours; a Business Studies A level gives you a grounding in issues that you will come across in every aspect of your working and personal life, in addition to a set of transferable skills that will enhance you career prospects.

Further information

Aims of the course

The course encourages students to:

  1. Develop a critical understanding of how organisation identify and manage their markets, their people, finances and other resources in order to make a profit.
  2. Study business behaviour from the perspective of a range of stakeholders, including employees, customers and owners/shareholders. You will also consider ethical, environmental, economic, governmental, legal, social and technological issues associated with business activity.
  3. Acquire a range of skills, including decision-making and problem solving based on analysis and evaluation. 
  4. Develop awareness of current business issues affecting organisations both at home and abroad.

A Level Business Studies is taught at St Thomas More or at St John Fisher sites.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity Sixth Form Consortium directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years