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BUSINESS STUDIES AS / A LEVEL at Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College)

Course description

Business Studies allows you to develop a critical understanding of businesses by investigating and analysing business successes and business failures.  You can then use this invaluable knowledge to succeed in any career!


This is a vibrant subject that requires you to apply theory taught in the classroom to real business scenarios.  You will also have the opportunity to develop invaluable business skills such as decisions making and problem solving.


Course content

Subject Content & Assessment


The AS in Business is assessed by 2 papers at the end of Year 12 focusing on topics 1 – 6, whereas the A2 in Business is assessed by 3 papers at the end of Year 13, focusing on topics 1 – 10.


AS Content


1)    What is business?

2)    Managers, leadership and decision making

3)    Decision making to improve marketing performance

4)    Decision making to improve operational performance

5)    Decision making to improve financial performance

6)    Decision making to improve human resource performance


A2 Content


Same as AS content plus –


7)    Analysing the strategic position of a business

8)    Choosing strategic direction

9)    Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

10)  Managing strategic change




Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A merit or distinction grade at BTEC Business First Diploma level or a minimum of 5 A* - C grade GCSEs, including C grades in English and Maths GCSEs. You need to be well motivated, able to work on your own at times, be able to plan the use of your time and to meet deadlines.  It is not necessary to have studied any business related GCSEs.


Learning Methods


Class activities will take a variety of forms.  You may be asked to work individually or in groups, to research into or discuss a particular business situation.  You will be given data to analyse, essays to write and TV programmes to watch.

Future opportunities


There are many routes of progression from A level Business Studies.  Colleges/Universities offer a wide variety of courses for the subject, both on its own or combined with other subjects.  The combinations are too numerous to mention.  Some students have chosen employment after A levels and the subject is, understandably, approved by employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beacon Academy (Beacon Community College) directly.

Last updated date: 08 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: Bs