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Business Studies A level at Balcarras School

Course description

The course is an excellent overview of the different skills needed in a business environment. It introduces key theories and then tests them in a real world situation. The emphasis of the course is on the relevance of business theory to businesses in practice. Students will learn a variety of decision-making techniques and apply these in examination conditions.

The course also places an emphasis on developing entrepreneurship skills and giving students the confidence to set up and run their own company in the future. This is a major government initiative and all students in business are encouraged to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different business operations.

Entry requirements

Successful A-level business students need to have good communication skills and be confident using numbers.Students do not need to have studied business studies at GCSE-level.


Examination Board – AQA


Paper 1 - Business 1: Management and leadership, 1½ hrs - 50% of AS

Paper 2 - Business 2: Decision making, 1½ hrs - 50% of AS


Paper 1 - Business 1: Strategic decisions, 2 hrs - 33.3% of A-level

Paper 2 - Business 2: Managing strategic change, 2 hrs - 33.3% of A-level

Paper 3 - Business 3: Business in context, 2 hrs - 33.3% of A-level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Balcarras School directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years