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Business Studies A Level at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

Course description

The course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in a larger organisation or to start your own business. In the first year you will study units on setting up and financing a business, and managing change.

Course content

UNITS What is Business? Managers, Leadership and Decision Making Improving Marketing Performance Improving Operational Performance Improving Financial Performance Improving Human Resource Performance Analysing Strategic Position Choosing Strategic Direction Strategic Methods Managing Strategic Change

There is an interactive approach to teaching which will include group work, independent research, class discussions, Powerpoint, video, Dragons’ Den projects and The Apprentice role plays. You will be fully prepared for exams with revision workshops and internet resources such as on-line revision quizzes. Trips are arranged to Tutor2u revision conferences and the Enterprise Live event as well as study visits to the Coca Cola factory, Arsenal FC – Emirates Stadium, and The Museum of Branding and Advertising. There is also the opportunity of work experience at Experian.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs, grade C or above, including English Language and Maths. One of these GCSEs should be in humanities subjects such as Geography or History at grade B or above. GCSE grade B in a subject which includes extended writing, such as English or History. All applicants will be interviewed.


The AS-Level is 100% exam based. A minimum of a D grade is needed at AS Level to progress onto year 2 of the course. The A-Level is 100% exam based. Your final grade will solely be calculated from the results in your final papers. Assessment is an integral part of the overall learning process and our student centred approach aims to promote initiative and creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection and effective communication skills. Each subject has a number of assessments throughout the year and can include the following: external exams, independent research, presentations, essays, coursework, and in-class tests.

Future opportunities

Most often to study at a higher level at university doing various degree courses including the study of Business Management or Business Finance while others have been taken onto employment based programmes or apprenticeships. There will also be opportunities for work experience to be gained and study skills developed to suit your planned future. You could continue your studies and gain a degree in a number of different subjects including Business Management or International Business for example.

As part of a full time A Level programme the course could lead you onto a number of different career paths which could include working in Business management, Human Resources, Business Operations, Marketing or Finance role. The course would also help in the development of an entrepreneurial idea and help someone who has their own business to develop and improve it.

Where will this course take you? Business graduates typically have a starting salary of £21,000pa but this can vary depending on the size of the company they work for. Our former students have gone on to work for a range of roles which encompass finance, customer service, human resources, marketing and production.

Further information

You will learn in dedicated classrooms. There are three AS or A2 classroom sessions per week and they fit in with your overall programme of study, usually across five days at college.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017
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