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Business Studies at Wickersley School and Sports College

Course description

This subject is offered in Option Block B & D

Our reformed A-level encourages students to study and engage with the real business world. The course content and assessments allow students to follow real business developments and think critically about contemporary business issues. Most of the assessment material is based on real business situations.

Course content

All of our students following this course will study business in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/small, UK focused/global, service/manufacturing.) When examining these businesses students will focus closely on:

  • the four functional areas of a business; finance, marketing HR and operations
  • the interrelated nature of business functions and how they affect competitiveness
  • the competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate
  • the influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues
  • the importance of decision making and the factors that might determine whether a decision is successful e.g. the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty
  • how technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete
  • the impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions
  • use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making (including the interpretation of index numbers and calculations such as ratios and percentages)

Students who choose to stay and continue A2 study will then build on their AS knowledge to focus more on wider strategic decision making. Students will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • the impact of technology on strategic decision making
  • the influences of Corporate Social Responsibility, ethical and environmental issues on strategic decisions
  • the difficulties in forecasting future trends
  • the importance of assessing feasibility and risk when making strategic decisions
  • the impact on stakeholders of strategic decisions and their response to such decisions.

Entry requirements

The minimum qualification for entry into the Sixth Form is 5 4 grades including Maths and English, although there are specific entry requirements for some of our option subjects.

A student’s suitability for their chosen subjects will also be taken into account, even if they meet the 5 4 grades threshold.

Applicants will need to have a proven record of good or excellent effort and attendance in Year 11 in order to qualify for a place, verified by a suitable reference.




Assessment Structure three examinations in total each worth one third of the A2 grade:

Paper 1:

  • written exam 2 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 33.33% of A2

Paper 2:

  • written exam 2 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 33.33% of A2

Paper 3:

  • written exam 2 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 33.33% of A2

Future opportunities

Students go on to university or into the job market to pursue careers in Marketing, Events Management and Bookkeeping. The Applied General Certificate compliments a range of other subjects such as Fashion and Sport that students may wish to pursue in higher education.

Further information

Please consult our Option Blocks before making your selection.

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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 October 2018
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