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Business Studies A Level at Community School

Course description

We all have dealings with business organisations. As a customer you purchase goods and services, as a consumer you use these same goods and services. You will work for many businesses throughout your working life. Some of you might dream of setting up your own business and then making millions but throughout you are affected by interest rates, tax rates and inflation. Business is all around all the time and this course aims to give a taste and an insight into the modern world of business.

Course content

Year 12

Unit 1– Business opportunities
- Enterprise
- Markets & marketing
- Business structure & ownership
- Business finance
- External influences

Unit 2 – Business functions
- Marketing
- Finance and accountancy
- Human resources
- Operations management

Year 13

Unit 1 – Business opportunities & functions
- Enterprise
- Markets & marketing
- Business structure
- Business finance
- Human resources

Unit 2 – Business analysis & strategy
- Market analysis
- Financial accountancy
- Measures of financial and non-financial performance
- Investment appraisal
- Decision making

Unit 3 - Business in a changing world
- Change and risk
- PEST & SWOT analysis
- International trade
- The EU
- Globalisation

Entry requirements

- Students should preferably have a minimum grade B in GCSE Business. However, students have taken Business A Level without previously studying the subject at GCSE. In this case a Maths grade 6 (B) or above is required. In both cases individual circumstances may be considered.


Y12 2 exams 1 x 1hr and 1 x 2 hrs
Y13 3 exams all 2hrs 15mins

Future opportunities

Use this just as the AS or full A Level qualification. Take it to university and study Business Studies (one of the most popular courses in the country), if you take Mathematics why not take Economics. You can also mix and match these subjects along with Finance, Accountancy, Marketing or HR. Plenty of modern careers are helped by an understanding of how business organisations work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 May 2017

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