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Business Studies A-Level at Cornwall College

Course description

Business Studies is a very popular and well-established subject. As most of us work in some form of business organisation, it is without doubt one of the most important and relevant subjects to study.  Basically, Business Studies is a combination of subjects which includes marketing, finance, economics, human resource management, business ethics, operations management, business strategy and law, to list a few. The Business Studies student learns about business behaviour but also how business organisations are affected by the environment in which they operate.


Examples of issues studied include the following:
  • How does a business market its products in such a tough and competitive business world?
  • This year, Tesco announced an annual profit of £2.3billion! What makes a company so profitable?
  • What production techniques should a business organisation adopt? What has made Japanese companies so successful in this area?
  • Why might one business try to maximise profits while another company adopts a strategy of sales maximisation?
  • Companies like Body Shop claim to be 'ethical'.  What does this mean? Should businesses involve themselves with 'green' concerns and moral issues?  Is, for example, testing on animals justifiable? 

Entry requirements

This is a two year course consisting of 4.5 hours of taught lessons per week, starting in September. You will also be expected to commit several hours of your own time each week to the study of this subject and to complete weekly homework tasks.

The course is made up of four units. Two are studied in each year of the course.

  • Planning and Financing a business. This unit examines the main considerations that need to be taken into account when setting up a small business.
  • Managing a Business. The core theme of this unit is improving the effectiveness of existing business organizations.
  • Strategies for success. This unit examines the setting of business objectives, measuring performance and devising strategy.
  • The Business Environment and Change. The final unit draws all the units together and examines the relationship between businesses and the environment in which they operate.

Future opportunities

Many students go onto to study Business in A2 to complete a full A-Level in Business.

Employers view A-Level Business favourably because of the way it develops certain study skills, such as problem-solving. Business students find employment in a whole range of industries and professions. Specific careers for which Business is particularly useful include management, marketing, accounting, local government, journalism - or even running your own business.

Universities regard A-Level Business as a good A-level in terms of entry degree courses. Many of our A-Level Business students go on to study degrees in subjects such as Economics, Law, Accounting, Marketing, Leisure and Recreation, Politics and Business Studies itself.

Business will also provide you with a broad range of experience and opportunities enabling you to progress onto a higher level qualification or training. Students often go on to professional or management training programmes in subjects such as accountancy, HR, marketing or law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
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