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Business Studies AS level at Shoeburyness High School

Course description

You will have three Business Studies lessons a week during which you will study ten units across both years of the course. At the end of Year 12 you will be given Advanced Subsidiary (AS) examinations which is a standalone qualification, if the course meets your capabilities then you will progress into Year 13 to complete the full A-Level. As with new government guidelines the AS course is a standalone qualification so does not count towards the final A-Level grade. The course is wholly assessed by examination.

You will be taught a variety of topics which cover a wide range of business terms and concepts. These topics include; ‘what is business’, ‘managers and leadership’, ‘marketing’, ‘operational performance’, ‘financial performance’, ‘human resources’, ‘strategic positioning’, ‘strategic decisions’, ‘strategic methods’ and ‘strategic change’. You will get to participate in discussions, presentation and group work. Independent study is essential on this course as you will need to undertake further reading to supplement and enhance classroom learning, especially as the examinations focus on applying these concepts to the current business environment. This means you will need a good understanding of current events. Regular homework is set and it is essential that this is completed.

Entry requirements

Prior knowledge of Business Studies is not essential to progress onto the A-Level in Business but a C or above in GCSE Business Studies is desirable. You will also need 5 A* - C grades including English and Maths at GCSE grade 5 to ensure that you are able to understand and then apply many of the business concepts and finance within your work.


The AS exams will consist of two 90 minute exam papers which will cover a range of fundamental business concepts. The focus of the examinations is not just about understanding the theoretical concepts, but about applying these to the dynamic business environment, including current real-life case studies. You will be expected to be able to analyse and evaluate in your answers as you will have a number of extended-response, essay-style questions.

Future opportunities

An A-Level in Business will enable you to progress to university, undertake an apprenticeship in a variety of fields as well as to progress into employment. Many of the skills learnt during the course are in demand by employers such as team work, presentation skills, and even fundamental business theory such as knowledge of operating within an organisation or finance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shoeburyness High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year