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Applied Business Studies AS GCE AS Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

The Edexcel GCE in Applied Business is a broad-based qualification that provides the opportunity for you to explore the world of business in a highly practical way. By adopting an investigative approach, you develop a range of skills while discovering the problems and opportunities faced by businesses. The course encourages you to develop an understanding of how business works in the real world. You will discover the problems and opportunities faced by local, national and international businesses. Research will include the study of some well known businessed including Tesco, Marks and Spencer, Lloyds Banking Group and Coca Cola. You will use a range of ICT applications during the completion of the course for both research and project work.

Course content

Over the two years of the course you will produce four projects towards your Business qualification worth two thirds of the final grade. Topics covered include: Business Start-ups, Marketing Decisions, Financial Control, The Management of People, The External Influences on Business.

You will also take two written examinations worth a third of the final grade. The topics include: Investigating People at Work, Business Development Decisions.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved 5 GCSEs including a grade C in English Language and Mathematics in order to study Applied Business at this level.


AS Unit 1 People at Work (external examination)

Unit 2 Investigating Business (coursework)

Unit 3 Investigating Marketing (coursework)

Future opportunities

The Applied Business qualification provides all the skills required for you to go on to study a further Business related course at Degree level. Courses might include Business Administration, Strategic Management or International Business.

Further information

Students who take this course enjoy the teaching style and like the concept of completing project work and research tasks using computers. Students attain excellent results and many go on to study the subject further at degree level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year