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Business Studies AS/A-Level at Cranford Community College

Course description

The Business Studies syllabus enables learners to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business and the role it plays in society. The syllabus covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues and encourages a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. Learners examine the management of organisations and, in particular, the process of decision-making in a dynamic external environment.

Course content

Learners are expected to analyse the key factors involved and have to recommend the best course of action for a business given its existing position, for example: Should it launch a new product? Should managers increase staff pay or give more to investors? Should a business recruit internally or externally? How should you raise the money needed to start up your own business - should you borrow from a bank or friends and family?

Entry requirements

Normally a C in Maths and a C in English.


100% Exam

  • Paper 1: Operating in a local business environment (33.33%of A Level) 2 hour written paper
  • Paper 2: The wider business environment (33.33% of A Level) 2 hour written paper
  • Paper 3: The global business environment (33.33% of A Level) 2 hour written paper

Future opportunities

Business Studies provides effective routes into a range of exciting and well-paid careers, including Accountancy, Business Management, Human Resources and Banking. It also gives excellent background knowledge to anyone considering starting their own business. It provides a good background to doing a degree, particularly in business-related subjects, such as Business, Marketing, Economics or Accounting.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cranford Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

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