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Business A Level at Havant Sixth form College

Course description

Business combines academic study with an understanding of the real commercial world. This is an ever increasingly competitive world and the efficiency and effectiveness of the business community is vital for success and growth of the nation. You will be able to identify what makes a business a success or failure. You will be able to assess how business people meet the challenges of the environment, the impact of changing technology, globalisation and competition. You will also identify what makes a successful entrepreneur and what you can do with a really good business idea.

Course content

You will focus on the management of business in all its aspects. Studying this subject will enable you to see business from the point of view of customers, owners, managers, local communities, the government and employees. The central theme is the decision-making process common to all areas of business activity. You will become aware that all business activity is part of an integrated process and when decisions are made in one area of the business it will always have an impact on other areas. The analytical skills and knowledge you will develop will be hugely valuable in any degree course, or employment, you go on to.

Entry requirements

To study Business Studies, a student will need to meet the minimum college requirement of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English Language or other equivalent qualifications. An interest in the world of business and current affairs is advantageous. You do not need to have studied GCSE Business Studies at your previous school or college.


There’s no coursework in Business. All modules are assessed by written exams at the end of your Second Year. 

Future opportunities

Students from this course successfully progress into employment within the world of business, onto apprenticeships in business related areas and on to degrees such as business studies, business management, business enterprise and management studies. Depending on their combination of A Levels, students often combine business with another related subject at university such as economics, finance, accounting, law, mathematics or psychology. Studying Business is also a useful starting point for a career in business, accounting, insurance, finance and banking.

Further information

You will have opportunities to visit China, the Houses of Parliament, major manufacturing facilities, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Washington D.C. and New York (where last year students toured Google’s Head Office!). You will also have regular talks from visiting speakers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Havant Sixth form College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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