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Business Studies A-Level at The Chalfonts Community College

Course description

What is this course about?

Over the two years you will be given the opportunity to study a variety of topics such as various organisations and the markets they serve, as well as aspects of global business and starting a business.

A level Business is an exam focussed course, which will follow the newly developed specification for first teaching in September 2015. The AS levels will be stand-alone qualifications and no longer contribute to the overall A level grade. Their purpose will be to encourage breadth and be built on.

Course content

What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed?

AS levels will be stand-along qualifications and will no longer contribute to an A level grade. The new A levels are fully linear with students sitting their exams at the end of the 2 years. There is an option to take the AS levels in the first year and understand the core business concepts and apply them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work.

The 2 year course will be structured over four themes; two of these will be studied in the first year:

Theme 1 - Marketing and People 50% AS level qualification Written paper – 80 marks

Theme 2 - Managing Business Activities 50% AS qualification Written paper – 80 marks 15 16

Themes 1 and 2 provide the grounding to move on to Themes 3 and 4 which requires students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.

Theme 3 - Business Decisions and Strategy

Theme 4 - Global Business

The assessment in the second year consists of 3 papers:

  • Paper 1 - 35% overall qualification This draws on Themes 1 and 4
  • Paper 2 - 35% overall qualification This draws on Themes 2 and 3
  • Paper 3 - 30% overall qualification Synoptic paper

Entry requirements

What do I need to get on to this course?

You will need 5 A-C* grades at GCSE (including Maths and English) and B grade or above in GCSE Business Studies. Students can take the course if they have not done GCSE Business Studies but are required to show that they have met the requirements of Grade B in English and Maths.


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Future opportunities

What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead?

The topics and new A level specifications aim to equip students for higher education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Chalfonts Community College directly.

Last updated date: 22 June 2015

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