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Business Studies A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Eastbourne College

Course description

Business Studies is practical, applied and exciting. It studies organisations and how they operate within their environment. The course involves looking in detail how today’s businesses carry out their various functions such as Marketing, Finance, Operations Management and Human Resources Management. The course also looks at how outside agents, such as the Government and pressure groups, affect the behaviour of businesses. It makes you think about business critically, examining both favourable and unfavourable aspects, using all sources of business information, not merely standard textbooks.
As well as the essential skills of communication, problem solving, application of number and working with others, Business Studies at AS level also develops a range of other skills:
- It provides a detailed knowledge of internal and external opportunities facing a firm.
- An understanding of the process of decision-making in a dynamic environment.
- It develops decision-making and problem-solving abilities.

Course content

The particular attraction of Business Studies is that, although it is an academic course, it is also a practical and relevant subject. It is helpful both in a careers sense by developing skills and specific interests and can also provide a useful basis for degrees in Business Management. It combines well with any combination of AS subjects. A reasonable grade (A or B) at GCSE Mathematics will help with the Finance section of the course.
Many degree courses today include some Business Studies as they assume it will be of assistance to graduates in their future careers. You will find it in degree courses in engineering, science, foreign languages and many others. The applied nature of the A-level course makes it a particularly appropriate starting point for these courses.
By laying the foundations of Business Studies in a way which focuses on the uses and application of ideas and theories, you will be better equipped to relate the content of your studies to your eventual working life. The material covered and the relationships which are built up through the course will help you to understand how industry and commerce function within the economy.


Two written papers are sat to achieve an AS level. There is one paper on Planning and Financing a Business, which is one and a quarter hours long. It consists of short answer questions and extended responses based on a mini case-study, covering topics such as the challenges and issues of starting a business and the financial concepts needed to start a business, including break-even analysis and cash flow forecasting. The other paper is on Managing a Business, which is one and a half hours long. It consists of multi-part data response questions, covering topics such as Marketing, Management, Finance and Operations Management.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastbourne College directly.

Last updated date: 16 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years