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Business Studies A Level at St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College

Course description

You will:

- develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. Consider the internal workings and management of organisations, in particular, the process of decision-making in a dynamic external environment.

- become aware that business behaviour can be studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders including customers, managers, creditors, owners/shareholders and employees.

- be aware of the economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues associated with business activity.

- acquire a range of skills, including decision-making and problem-solving in the light of evaluation and, where appropriate, the quantification and management of information.

- be aware of the current structure of business and business practice in different sectors and environments, including large and small organisations, manufacturing and service industries, local, regional, national and multinational.

- apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts.

Course content

1 What is business?

2 Managers, leadership and decision-making

3 Decision making to improve marketing performance

4 Decision making to improve operational performance

5 Decision making to improve financial performance

6 Decision making to improve human resource performance

7 Analysing the strategic position of a business

8 Choosing strategic direction

9 Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

10 Managing strategic change

Entry requirements

The course provides a smooth transition from GCSE Business Studies to A-Level, but GCSE Business Studies is not necessary to take this subject at this level. It is expected that students who have already studied Business at GCSE have obtained at least a grade B, with a grade 5 in English Language, otherwise, grade 5 in Maths and English is necessary to cope successfully with the financial and written aspects of the course.


To gain an A-Level in business assessment will take place at the end of the course, covering ALL subject content.


Paper 1: Assessed on any content from topics 1–10 , (written exam: 2 hours)

Paper 2: Assessed on any content from topics 1- 10, (written exam: 2 hours)

Paper 3: Assessed on any content from topics 1– 10, (written exam: 2 hours)

Future opportunities

Take a degree course in Business Studies or any business related areas such as Administration, Finance, Human Resource Management or Marketing, (some top Business courses require a high level of Mathematical ability so A-Level Maths would be an advantage for some students). This will support direct entry into employment in any area of business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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