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Business Studies, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

Are you a budding entrepreneur? Want to know how to make your first million? You will learn the technicalities of how businesses work, what makes them profitable and how they keep strict control over their finances. You’ll learn about business from both the consumer and business perspective. You’ll cover everything from how to discover what customers demand to the best methods used to hire (and fire) staff. We also look at how businesses try to handle something they have little control over; the economy. You will understand the impact the economy has and how businesses dealt with the biggest economic crisis of our lifetime.
At OSFC we organise an annual Business Conference where speakers from various businesses run workshops that allow students to problem solve. Firms that conducted workshops in the past include HSBC, JJB Sport, Pricewaterhousecoopers, Chartered Wealth Management Ltd, Pancake Corner, and Subway. You will have opportunity to participate in a variety of trips including day visits to the Jaguar Land Rover factory, Alton Towers, or Cadbury World. We encourages students to participate in the London residential where you’ll have the chance to visit The Bank of England and The Metal Exchange, as well as the Financial District.

Course content

Year 1
Theme 1: Marketing and People: the market; the principles of marketing; managing people; entrepreneurs and leaders.
Theme 2:  Managing Business Activities: how organisations manage their operations and resources; how finances are raised, managed, and planned.
Year 2
Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy: Students will develop an understanding of: business objectives and strategy; business growth; decision making techniques.
Theme 4: Global Business: globalisation; global markets and business expansion, global marketing and global industries.


Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at


AS 100% Exam

A Level 100% Exam

Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please visit


Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

  • University of Chester - Events Management with Tourism
  • MMU - Accounting and Finance
  • MMU - Business Management
  • University of Chester - Human Resource Management

Careers Destinations

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Actuary
  • Business
  • Marketing


Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Geography
  • ICT

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: 03 October 2017
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