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Business Studies AS/A Level at St Thomas More Catholic School

Course description

Have you ever wondered...

  • Why Wayne Rooney earns more than the Prime Minister?
  • Why Woolworths went bust even though it was profitable?
  • Why news media so much stress on interest rates?
  • How Primark can sell clothes so cheaply?
  • Why are more flowers sold on a Monday? Why is it so complicated to work out the best mobile phone tariff?

Study A level Business Studies to find out. Business studies is an academic discipline which involves studying how organisations work, their management and the changing external environment in which they operate.

We aim to develop a range of specific business concepts, theories and practical skills including numeracy, literacy, presentation skills and evaluative skills. Students become adept at communicating and explaining their own ideas, listening to and understanding new concepts as well as respecting a variety of other opinions. Creative thinking and decision making are essential skills that are taught, along with the self-discipline to be independent, well organised and to reviewing work regularly to maintain high standards.

Course content

A level Business Studies will give you an exciting insight into the dynamic world of business. It is not just a theoretical subject, it is about real life. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A level Business Studies highly appealing. You will learn about businesses and the way they operate in today’s society. You will investigate problems which real businesses are currently facing and use your initiative to develop possible solutions.

  • Enterprise
  • Business Plans
  • Markets
  • Market Research
  • Business Structure
  • Business Location
  • Business Finance
  • Business Revenue and costs
  • Human Resources
  • Operations Management

Entry requirements

Students who have studied a business related course at GCSE and achieved a Grade B or equivalent. In exceptional circumstances other students may be accepted on the course in consultation with the subject leader.


You will be assessed by examination only. AS Business is a stand alone qualification which does not contribute to the overall A level award.

  • Component 1 - Business opportunities - 1 hour written examination - compulsory structured questions
  • Component 2 - Business functions - 2 hours written examination - Section A Compulsory Data Response and Section B one essay from a choice of three.

Future opportunities

  • A level Business Studies is an excellent base for a university degree, especially degrees in business, management, human resources, accountancy, law, finance, philosophy, politics and economics, sociology and psychology. Careers with a business degree are diverse and have high earning potential.
  • A range of career possibilities including banking, insurance, advertising, distribution, sales, accounting, law, education, central or local government, and business consultancy. Business skills, which touch on every part of our modern society, are in high demand worldwide and are often well paid.
  • Entrepreneurship and the benefits of running your own business.

As a highly valued and respected subject, Business and Accountancy courses prepare our students for a huge variety of pathways – including apprenticeships, further education and university degree courses. Pupils are also well prepared for working in areas as diverse as law, accountancy, quantity surveying, hotel and general business management, banking and general finance, as well as architecture and general administrative roles in all areas of employment. Students gain a sound understanding of business working practices and are also equipped for self-employment and business ownership.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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