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Business Studies A level at Shenfield High School

Course description

Business is front-page news. The way companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, whilst TV programmes like The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den have raised the profile of Business. This course allows students to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of what business is and does.

Students will have plenty of opportunities to demonstrate valuable ‘enterprise’ skills such as leadership, team working, problem solving and risk-taking – all within the classroom. This will invariably help them perform better at university and make them more employable as they enter the workplace.

Course content

In Year 12 students study:

  • Theme 1: Marketing and people
  • Theme 2: Managing business activities

In Year 13 students study:

  • Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy
  • Theme 4: Global business

Entry requirements

C grades at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics. If you have studied Business Studies or Economics previously you will need to have achieved a minimum of a Merit in Level 2 BTEC or a grade C if you have studied the GCSE.


The AS is assessed by two written exam papers, ninety minutes papers. Both papers have three sections. Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts. Section C comprises one extended, open-response question.

The A Level is assessed by three written exam papers, each of two hours duration. The first two exam papers have two sections. These are data response questions broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question.

For Paper 3, there will be a pre-released context document issued. Each section will contain unseen stimulus materials comprising quantitative and qualitative evidence. Students are required to apply their knowledge and understanding from Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 and their understanding of the broad context to this evidence.

The A Level assesses quantitative skills, making up a minimum of 10% of the overall marks. The skills tested include ratios, averages, fractions, percentages and calculation of profit and loss.

Future opportunities

The majority of students who complete this course go on to either study business related degree courses at university or seek employment in a variety of different industries such as finance, insurance, and retail.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years