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Applied Business Studies AS A2 at Prince William School

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AIMS OF THE COURSEApplied GCE Business is an enjoyable and rewarding course. It is suitable for students who have a lively and enquiring mind and a willingness to explore new ideas. The course aims to provide knowledge and understanding of business activity and also to develop useful skills for higher education or for training and employment. It is a vocational qualification, and so is focused on real life business scenarios and issues. COURSE DESIGN AND CONTENTApplied GCE Business is offered at two levels of award: The Part Award (made up of 3 Units and is equal to 1 AS level qualification)The Single Award is made up of 6 units The compulsory units in the Part Award are:-         Unit 1 – Creating a Marketing Proposal-         Unit 2 – Recruitment in the Workplace-         Unit 3 – Understanding the Business Environment For the Single Award, the compulsory units also include:-         Unit 4 – The Impact of Customer Service The remaining other two units will be selected from a choice of 14 options (to be discussed at the start ofYear 13).

Entry requirements

RECOMMENDATIONS OF PRIOR LEARNINGThe study of this course does not require any previous experience of the subject. Whilst mathematical requirements are not a prerequisite, a grade C in Mathematics will certainly help as there is a need for good quality numerical data analysis on this course.A willingness to work hard and the ability to work independently throughout the course is vital.


The course is assessed via three units over the year. Two units are assessed via coursework portfolios. Candidates have to produce portfolios which meet the requirements of the assessment criteria specified. These assignments will be assessed by teaching staff and any incomplete/incorrect work may be re-submitted, at the discretion of the teacher. The third unit is assessed via external examination. Various methods of formal and informal assessment are used. From the requirement to present their ideas to an invited panel of business people, to the completion of a recruitment exercise aimed to employ new staff. All are based around actual business examples with students given the opportunity as much as possible to specialise in the areas of business and industry they are interested in.

Future opportunities

The qualification allows for a number of progression routes: Higher Education:The course provides students with the knowledge to move onto a range of Higher Education courses. There are many opportunities available to specialise in particular areas of business such as marketing or finance, or more general business administrative type courses. Employment:A reliance on real world examples within the units covered gives students an excellent opportunity to meet the reality of employment within business and industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prince William School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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