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Business - A Level (Aqa) at The Cotswold Academy

Course description

About the syllabus:

Business Studies gives students an understanding of the diverse nature of business and the behaviour of the people within it. It draws upon several social sciences: Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Politics and Law, and uses them to explain why businesses, workers and the economy behave how they do.

Business Studies complements a number of AS/A2 combinations (linking well with the Humanities, Sciences, ICT and Mathematics).

When leaving the Sixth Form this subject is useful for those wishing to enter a career and/or continue in higher education in areas such as Management, Accounting, Marketing, Design, Banking, Insurance, Personnel and Administration. It is also a good choice for anyone requiring a wider understanding of the world of work.

At AS Level, candidates are introduced to the challenges and issues of starting a business, including financial planning. They then explores the key internal functions of business and how the management of these functions can assist in improving the effectiveness and performance of a business.

At A2, we consider strategies for larger businesses and how thesestrategies may change according to circumstances. Finally, we examinethe effects that external factors can have on business and how a businesscan plan for and manage change, including leadership style and changein business culture.

Course content


AS units in Year 12

Unit 1 - BUSS1

Planning and Financing a Business

1hr 15min exam; 40% of AS Level; 20% of A Level

Unit 2 - BUSS2

Managing a Business

1hr 30min exam ; 60% of AS Level; 30% of A Level

A2 units in Year 13

Unit 3


Strategies for Success 1hr 45min exam no 25% of A Level

Unit 4


The Business Environment and Managing Change 1hr 45min exam no 25% of A Level




Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A*- B in GCSE Business Studies or A*-B in GCSE Maths and English.

Entry Criteria for A2 is at least a D at the requisite AS Level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cotswold Academy directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year


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