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Business Studies A Level at Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

Course description


  • Unit F291 “An Introduction to Business”

This concentrates on the nature of business, the objectives and classification of businesses and the external environment that can influence them such as economic, social, technological, ethical and social factors.

  • Unit F292 “Business Functions”

This focuses on the four main functional areas of a business: marketing, accounting and finance, people in organisations and operations management.


  • Unit F293 “Marketing”

This builds on the marketing content learnt at AS in Unit 2 and focuses on the importance of market research, marketing planning and the marketing mix.

  • Unit F297 “Strategic Management” (Synoptic Paper)

This looks at the integrated nature of business decisions and requires students to be able to devise and evaluate strategies using the content and theories learnt in all previous units. 

The vast majority of Borlase pupils find future employment with a business and many students taking A level Business Studies go on to study it at university. An understanding of the way different types of organisations make decisions is at the heart of business studies. Throughout the course students are taught how to analyse situations, evaluate alternative strategies and justify decisions. These are skills that not only make our students invaluable as future managers and entrepreneurs, but also equip them with critical thinking skills for life.

Entry requirements

Although highly desirable, it is not necessary for students to have studied this subject previously at GCSE level though they should have at least a grade A in Maths and a grade B in English at GCSE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Borlase's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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Key information

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