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Business Studies AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at Cheltenham College

Course description

Business Studies covers a wealth of business related topics such as the types of ownership, finance, objectives, leadership styles, motivation and pay, marketing, accounting and stock and quality control, as well as the understanding of economics, society and law. It is is a particularly popular subject and extremely useful to study, even if it will not automatically lead to massive pay cheques or one's own business empire! It is also a subject that can be progressed at a later date, with many pupils going on to study the subject at university.

Business Studies is based on what happens in society and is therefore very practical in its approach.  The course aims to enable pupils to examine critically the aims, objectives and practice. Pupils have to come up with their own solutions and support them with well-reasoned argument.  


Course content

Both AS and A2 students will consider on a local, national and international level:

  • the importance of the context of business in relation to decision making
  • the interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness
  • the competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate
  • the influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues
  • the factors that might determine whether a decision is successful e.g. the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty
  • how technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete
  • the impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions
  • use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making (including the interpretation of index numbers and calculations such as ratios and percentages).

A-Level Students will also take a wider strategic look at the business world including:

  • the impact of technology on strategic decision making
  • the influences of Corporate Social Responsibility, ethical and environmental issues on strategic decisions
  • the difficulties in forecasting future trends
  • the importance of assessing feasibility and risk when making strategic decisions
  • the impact on stakeholders of strategic decisions and their response to such decisions.

Entry requirements

There is no requirement to have studied GCSE Economics or Business Studies before undertaking the AS or A Level course.


Examination specification

AQA Business Studies
AS (7131)
A2 (7132)

Examination Requirements

There is a mix of final assessment methods including multiple choice questions, short answer questions, data responses and longer essays.

A Level Students sit the Business 1, Business 2 and Business 3 exams each lasting 2 hours. AS students sit the Business 1 and Business 2 papers only.

Financial information


Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.

Further information

Post GCSE Summer Reading and Podcasts

The time between the end of GCSE exams in June and the start of the A-Level course in September provides a wonderful opportunity for students to engage with subject related material and to get a head start  ahead of their next stage of study:

Reading List

  • Deep Sea and Foreign Going: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Brings You 90% of Everything by Rose George
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
  • Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  • The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead by Richard Branson
  • Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice by Matthew Syed
  • How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenburg
  • The Apple Revolution: Steve Jobs, the counterculture and how the crazy ones took over the world by Luke Dormehl
  • The Winner of Effect: The Science of Success and how to use it by Ian Robertson

Suggested Podcasts

  • The Bottom Line presented by Evan Davis
  • In Business presented by Peter Day


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cheltenham College directly.

Last updated date: 08 December 2016
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