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Business and Economics A Level at Brookfield Community School

Course description

This course combines the subject disciplines of Business and Economics. However, candidates will be awarded an A level in Economics. The subjects of both Business and Economics are highly relevant, interesting and topical to all people and influence the way many of us live our lives. For example: What is involved in setting up and running a successful business? How should the economy be managed? Why are tuition fees £9000? How do countries like Greece and Portugal end up on the brink of bankruptcy? Why are Apple products so successful? Why is Tesco in decline and can they recover? What will the high street look like in 5 years’ time, given the threat from online retailing?

Any person wishing to operate successfully at a professional level in the world of Business/Economics will benefit enormously from having a good grounding in these two subjects.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics is required. Economics and Business are current affairs subjects and can be readily understood by students new to the subject. You do not have to have studied either Economics or Business at GCSE to study this course.


For the AS examination candidates will take two 90 minute examinations titled:

-Markets consumers and firms 
-The wider economic environment

Each paper is split in to 3 sections A, B and C. Section A and Section B each comprise one data response question, broken down into a number of parts. Section C comprises one extended open-response question based on data. Papers 1 and 2 are equally weighted.

For the A2 examination, candidates will take 3 examinations each of 2 hours length. They are titled:

- Markets and how they work 
- Competing in the global economy 
- The economic environment and business

Each paper will test a different part of the syllabus. Paper 3 will be based upon a pre seen case study, giving students the opportunity to carry out research on the chosen theme prior to the examination.

Papers 1 and 2 each carry a 35% weighting with paper three providing the remaining 30%.

Future opportunities

Graduates in Business and Economics related disciplines often end up being some of the most highly paid graduates. Jobs in banking, finance, consultancy, accountancy, business management etc. are highly remunerated and offer great opportunity for career progression. For people with the right skills and abilities there are great opportunities to develop a rewarding and lucrative career.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brookfield Community School directly.

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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