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Business Studies GCE A Level (Cheadle Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

Business Studies will provide you with a critical understanding of all types of contemporary business organisations. You will study the internal functions within a business and the dynamic external environment within which they operate and make decisions.

Course content

A Level (year two) Unit Three Strategies for Success – at A2 you will study more detailed finance and accounts, in addition to marketing, operations, and human resource strategies. Unit Four The Business Environment and Managing Change – this final unit at A2 is synoptic drawing upon knowledge from all four units. Key topics include, business aims and objectives, external influences, leadership, corporate culture, and managing change.

Entry requirements

If you have studied Business Studies at GCSE we would expect you to have achieved at least a grade C. (It is not essential to have studied Business Studies at GCSE). To successfully study AS Business Studies we would also expect you to have achieved at least a grade C in GCSE Mathematics.


The assessment style is designed to help you progress in your knowledge and skills. At AS the examinations are based upon the use of relatively brief stimulus materials, including multiple-choice questions. By A2, the examinations rely more upon the use of case studies, these require you to do some research and provide more extended written responses.

Future opportunities

AS Business Studies complements other AS, or vocational subjects very well, providing you with the opportunity to eventually progress into higher education, or employment.

Further information

You will acquire a range of important and transferable skills. For example, you will be expected to handle and interpret data, present arguments and make judgements, solve business problems and make decisions, and learn how to effectively plan your work.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years