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A2 Level Business Studies at Trafford College

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Why study A2 Business Studies?Business Studies is a subject that is both academic and practical. It is unique in that it allows you to develop employability skills as well as those skills that will be useful in higher education. It can be said that it is also down to this that Business Studies is great fun with a mixture of hands on activities such as organising Business Study trips, enterprise tasks and business simulations.What's on the course?We start the course by focusing on business strategy. Why is it important to measure business success? How can we measure the success of different business organisations in a variety of markets? What are the strategic approaches to different functional areas of business? How do you plan your corporate and functional objectives to achieve success?The second half of the year is spent looking at how to manage business organisations in their wider environment and how we can set strategies to successfully manage change. Is business success really down to its own behaviour or how the conditions are in the market in which they operate? How will each external influence, such as the interest rate and unemployment numbers, affect the success of organisations?

Entry requirements

A pass at AS level Business Studies, at least a grade D is recommended.


By completing AS Business Studies, you have already accrued 50% of your total A2 grade.Your A2 exams will be in June on Unit 3: ' Strategies for Success'. This counts for 25% of your A level grade. It will last for 1 hour and 45 minutes. The final exam is Unit 4: ' The Business Environment and Managing Change'. This counts for the other 25% of your A level grade. This paper will also last for 1 hour and 45 minutes. There is no coursework option.

Future opportunities

Once you have finished A2 Business Studies you may decide to continue the subject at university or other Higher Education institution. The qualification should also give you a competitive advantage over other people when applying for jobs and will increase your promotion prospects.

Further information

Contact Course Enquiries on 0161 886 7070

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: 13 May 2016
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