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Business Studies at Peter Symonds College

Course description

Business Studies is a popular subject to study at A Level providing a valuable academic and work-related qualification whilst also developing useful life skills, such as financial literacy. The subject explores the challenges and issues of starting a business and examines the different functions of a business ( Human Resources, Finance, Marketing and Operations) evaluating how each contributes to the achievement of a firm’s objective. It also assess how external factors such as changing interest rates impact on a business.

The first year of the course looks at small to medium size businesses focusing on the internal issues they face as they strive to succeed, whilst at A2 larger scale businesses and issues faced in the wider world are investigated. The course looks at decision- making and provides grounding in the essentials of management as you study subjects as diverse as leadership skills and cash flow forecasting. Unit 4 includes a Research Project which will develop skills vital to success at university.

The course will take you on a journey which looks at business decision-making from different perspectives, on a career path that begins with starting a business and continues to look at the issues faced by middle managers and culminates in setting the strategic direction as a Director of a large company. You will learn specialist business terms and develop the examination skills and techniques vital for success. The subject will prepare you for study at a higher level whilst also developing skills and knowledge that will be useful in the work place and in the management of your personal finances

Entry requirements

At least 5 A* - C grade GCSEs, including Maths and English

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years