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Business Studies A2 at Swinton Academy

Course description

This course is taught by business specialists within the department.

The first module completed in A2 ‘Strategies for is examined in the January exam Series and includes financial strategies to improve profits, strategies to take on the competition, operational strategies to improve products and for improving employee relations. The second module ‘The Business Environment and Managing Change’. is examined in the June exam Series and this allows students to plan the vision of a business, and how to deal with the impact of economic, cultural, political or technological changes on an organisation. Within the last unit there is also a research tasks, students are given a brief which is provided by the examination board which they have to complete independently.

Course content

The aims of the course are to encourage students to; develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value; be 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 current structure of business and business practice, as reflected in events and issues affecting organisations in different sectors and environments, recognising that they face varying degrees of competition. In addition, candidates should be aware of the economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues associated with business activity. Business can be combined with a variety of courses, especially, Accounting, Economics, Mathematics, English Language and General Studies.

Entry requirements

In order to complete A2 Business Studies, AS must first be completed.


The department follows the AQA course, it consists of four modules of which two are completed in A2, both modules are assessed via an external examination. Written assignments and research tasks are set on a regular basis and students are expected to completed independent reading around the subject and develop their understanding further.

Future opportunities

The Business Department has maintained an excellent pass rate at A Level and has allowed students to access both University places to study Business related courses or move into Apprenticeships. The subjects and transferable skills taught in Business Studies directly relate to the world of work and would give students a competitive advantage in a competitive careers market. It allows students to keep their options open both for further study and for their chosen career path.

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Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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