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Business Studies A Level at Corfe Hills School

Course description

In Business Studies you will learn how businesses operate, how they grow, why some succeed and why others fail. You will examine the various functions including how businesses promote their products, raise and manage finance, and organise production and their personnel. You will learn why some people are better managers than others, and why some have the qualities needed to become multi-millionaire entrepreneurs. Theory is linked to the real world so that you can appreciate how business works in practice. You will also look at how external influences affect business, and how businesses react. For example, you find out how businesses compete with rivals and what steps they might take in order to survive an economic recession. Business Studies can be combined with a wide range of subjects at degree level and provides a sound basis for many lucrative careers.

Course content

During Year 12 the course takes students over the main business concepts and requires them to develop the skills of applications and evaluation – relating concepts to our ever changing business world.  We use local and national case study material and interact with a range of local businesses in our area.

Year 12 students will be encouraged to take the AS exams at the end of Year 12.  Please note these external exams do not contribute to the overall A Level qualification awarded at the end of Year 13.

The work covered in Year 13 allows you to build on the foundations developed during Year 12.  The units focus on larger businesses and require students to critically analyse and evaluate business strategies, making their own judgements.  This key element allows you to develop your analytical skills on what makes businesses successful through in-depth analysis of various real life case studies.


Assessment is 100% exam.  There are 3 exams taken at the end of Year 13


% of overall qualification


Paper 1


Combination of short answers and data response questions

Paper 2


Combination of short answers and data response questions

Paper 3


Questions based on a pre-release case study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Corfe Hills School directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September