Accessibility links

Economics & Business - As and A2 at Downend School

Course description

AS / A2 in Economics and Business provides students with a more academic alternative to Applied Business as is assessed solely through examinations. Students will learn about economic concepts by studying the affect that economic theory and policy has on Businesses in the UK. This course is be taught by experienced teachers with a range of experience working in a variety of business organisations. Much of the teaching will be based around case studies of real business organisations.


Unit 1: Developing New Business Ideas

This unit covers the characteristics students would need to develop to be successful in business and how new or existing businesses generate their product or service ideas and test them through market research. Students will also consider the competition in the market, the economic climate, how the business might be financed and how much revenue the idea might generate.

Unit 2: Business Economics

This unit consider the market that the business may be operating in, how competition in the market and the macroeconomic change is likely to affect it and how businesses can seek to minimise uncertainty through their actions.


Unit 3: International Business

The aim of this unit is to introduce the students to the world of international business and issues which a company trading internationally would have to consider.

Unit 4: The Wider Economic Environment and Business

In this unit, students consider why certain markets fail and how government decision making affects the economy and markets in which companies operate. The unit should enable students to assess why government economic policy can succeed or fail and why regulation of some markets is necessary.

Entry requirements

AS: Grade C in GCSE English and a grade B in GCSE Maths

A2: Grade D in AS Economics & Business

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Downend School directly.

Last updated date: 03 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years