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Applied Business AS and A level at Stowmarket High School

Course description

The aim of this course is to give students a broad understanding of Applied Business principles.  Students will learn how real businesses do things and all theory learned will be in the context of current business practice.  The AS course can be taken as a single AS subject – consisting of the 3 core units or as a double AS where the student takes the core units plus an additional 3 units. It is not necessary for students to have taken GCSE Business Studies in order to take AS Applied Business.

Course content

The three core units are

INVESTIGATING BUSINESS –In this introductory unit, students will explore the aims and objectives of businesses together with the needs of their customers and how they are met.  They will investigate how businesses deal with competition and how external factors such as changing social values affect business. (Portfolio)

PEOPLE IN BUSINESS – within these unit students will study the role and responsibilities of people in business. In particular they will focus on recruitment methods and the qualities an employer looks for in its employees. (Portfolio)

FINANCIAL PLANNING AND MONITORING – Students will learn how to calculate business costs, revenues and profits and how managers use this information in decision-making. (Exam.)


Two thirds of the assessment of this course is through the coursework Portfolio that will be completed throughout the year.  The other third is by examination.  The method of assessment for each unit is indicated below.

Future opportunities

The course leads into the single A2 Applied Business course in which the main themes of marketing, finance, operations, administration and HRM will be developed further. The course will enable students to gain a knowledge and understanding of the practices and techniques used within business and would therefore be a very useful practical preparation for those contemplating careers in business, either post A level or post degree.  In addition students will develop practical, presentational, personal, interpersonal and cognitive skills all of which will be very relevant within their future academic or working career.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September