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Business Studies - AS/A2 Level at Thornleigh Salesian College

Course description

The AS units focus on small to medium sized businesses operating within national, as opposed to international markets. The A2 units build on the AS units by considering more complex business scenarios and focusing on strategy as opposed to tactics.

Students will develop skills to carry out calculations, interpret and analyse data, apply knowledge, develop arguments and make judgements.

Course content

You will study topics that are mainly concerned with small to medium sized businesses:

•           Starting a business

•           Financial planning

•           Operations management

•           Marketing and the competitive environment

•           People in business

•           Management of finance

These topics will enable you to gain transferable skills including: carrying out calculations, interpreting and analysing data, applying knowledge to unfamiliar situations, developing arguments and making judgements and decisions.  

Entry requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths as well as C grades in the subjects that you want to study. Many courses do accept students who have not previously studied the subject. To study AS Level Science subjects you will require a minimum combination of GCSE B/B in Core and Additional Science. To study AS Level Maths you will require a minimum of a B grade in Maths GCSE


Following A Level reforms in this subject, from 2015, all exams will need to be taken at the end of the course. AS grades do not contribute to the A Level.

Future opportunities

The course can be studied alongside any of the other AS/A2 level courses and is likely to be of particular interest/value to those students thinking of pursuing careers in management, accountancy and finance, personnel and marketing as well as industries such as banking, insurance, other financial services and retailing.  Students with an interest in modern languages, computing, science and engineering would also find possible valuable links with the business world.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please attend our Open Evening or contact the college directly via email at or by telephone 01204 305172.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015
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