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Applied Business Studies A Level at Raynes Park High School

Course description

Business Studies is a unique subject in the sense that events can occur on a daily basis or even overnight that can literally change business sectors forever! For example, the banking collapse in 2008 saw an unprecedented change in the UK Banking system, which then led to a collapse of classic British High Street institutions such as Woolworths. The current Eurozone crisis is completely unprecedented and we wait with baited breath as to the outcome! In summary, Business Studies is an exciting, relevant and total up to date subject that affects your daily life. Whatever you want to achieve career wise, you will work for a business; whether it is one that is profit making or non-profit making or perhaps even one you start yourself. Therefore it is really worth learning how businesses operate.

Applied Business is a vocational A Level valued by all universities except Oxbridge. It combines assignments with exams and the term “Applied” means that the theory is based on a real business.

There are many career paths with a Business qualification; from Marketing through to Accountancy and even Law! Apprenticeships are available with top UK firms (Ford, Citi Group etc.) which will enable you to gain practical training and further qualifications without university debt. There are literally thousands of Business related courses to choose from if you want to go to university so there are many options available to you. This is a vocational course and is therefore graded distinction star through to a pass

Course content

During the AS year (Year 12) you will complete three units:

Unit 1: Financial Planning and Analysis (External Examination)

Unit 2 Business Dynamics (Internally Centre Assessed)

Unit 3: Entrepreneurial opportunities (External Assignment)

Unit 4: Managing and Leading People (External Examination)

Unit 5: Developing a Business Proposal ((Internally Centre Assessed)

Unit 6: e-Business Implementation (Internally Centre Assessed)

Entry requirements

Grade C in Maths and English. You do not have to have studied Business at GCSE level but it would be advantageous if you have. If you have studied GCSE Business Studies, you will be required to have at least a grade C.


Half termly tests, regular key word tests, assessment activities. You will have set deadlines for each unit so you must ensure you meet the course requirements

You will be assessed every half term, either by completing your assignment work or by examination preparation.

You will sit the Unit 3 and Unit 4 examination in June (and January 2017 if needed) and your assignments will be completed by Christmas and Easter

Future opportunities

Business related degrees are the most commonly studied degrees at university and they can be combined with almost any other subject. Common careers include; Accountancy, Banking, Marketing, HR and of course starting your own business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Raynes Park High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 April 2017
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