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Business Studies AS 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

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

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.

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: 1 year