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A Level GCE Business Studies at Townsend CofE School

Course description

Business Studies is about management and enterprise. It looks at how businesses are created, develop, grow, survive crisis and perhaps eventually decline. It focuses on the people whose skills affect this process and uses theory to analyse the causes and effects of different management approaches.
At both AS and A2 students learn about how businesses are organised, financed and operated. A2 builds on the knowledge and concepts learnt at AS. Key emphasis is placed on the interdependence of the functional areas as well as the relevance of the theory studied to real life business situations.

Wide ranges of learning styles are used to develop in students the skills of analysis and evaluation. The emphasis though is on learning through case study material that reflects more closely those issues faced by firms. Past papers are used to coach students in exam technique and assess progress. Assessment is through external exams and is broken down into four modules. The examination formats themselves are a mixture of data response, a written report, an essay and answering questions related to a pre-released case study.

Students need to be prepared to study independently and use all the resources available to them both in and out of the classroom.
A major commitment should be to take particular notice of current business news through the regular reading of the financial section of a quality newspaper and/or watching the news and other relevant business programs.

Entry requirements

Six or more GCSE grades at A*-C including English Language.
Average GCSE point score 4.5 or above.
Grade C for GCSE Mathematics.
Students who have just failed to meet these requirements may be allowed to start the course at the discretion of the Head of Department.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Townsend CofE School directly.

Last updated date: 14 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years