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BUSINESS STUDIES - AS/A2 Level (AQA) at The Crypt School

Course description

2 year course offered as part of a full time study programme

Course content

AS Level:

Unit 1: Planning and Financing a Business- Enterprise, generating and protecting business ideas, Business Planning, adding value, sources of finance, types of business, location and people management; financial aspects including cash flow, break even and budgets and so on

Unit 2: Managing a Business – Improving profit, cash flow; workforce planning, organisational structures, recruitment, selection and training, measuring workforce performance; quality, customer service and stock control; effective marketing

A2 Level:

Unit 3: Strategies for Success – assessing real world financial, marketing, personnel and production strategies

Unit 4: The Business Environment and Managing Change- impact of change on businesses and how they deal with it, including changes in the economic environment, management, strategy, aims/objectives of the business

Entry requirements

In addition to the general Sixth Form entry requirements, a B grade minimum in Maths is required.

At both levels a commitment to personal study outside the classroom is required. Students will be expected to plan their time so that tasks are completed effectively and that deadlines are met.



Your progress will be assessed by your teacher regularly through formative marking, past paper questions, presentations etc.


AS has two modules (case study – all questions are compulsory) that are both assessed at the end of the year in May.

A2 Unit 3 (Case study – all questions are compulsory) and Unit 4 (Essays – two essays from five titles, one essay is based on student’s research based on a pre-release theme from AQA). There is no coursework component – 100% examination based assessment.

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Future opportunities

The course lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Business Studies, Management or related subjects in higher education. Equally, the material studied would be useful for candidates intending to pursue careers in any area of business (including starting their own business – such as a small enterprise, a small shop owner, dentist, carpenter, architect, accountant, clothes designer, the list is endless.)

Further information

Who should apply for the course?

Students considering this option should note that they will be working with numbers, analysing and interpreting information in different forms e.g. accounting documents, reports, tables, graphs and charts.

Research into real-life businesses, group work and presentations are an integral part of the course

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Crypt School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Both AS & A2 course are one year