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Business AS level at Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School

Course description

Studying Business Studies is a great course to do if you have aspirations of one day becoming self-employed or in a managerial position within a company. A Level Business Studies can give you the tools and information required to understand how businesses are created, managed and the many decisions that need to be taken to become successful. The course covers budgeting and how to attain financial stability. If you like the idea of understanding more about the managerial aspects of a job or working for yourself, then perhaps taking an A Level in Business Studies is a good idea. The A Level Business Studies course favours those with good Mathematical and English skills as the approach is academic. The course is linear with all students entered for both the AS towards the end of Year 12 and then the A Level at the end of Year 13.

Course content

There are 6 topics studied at AS Level: Topic 1: What is business? Topic 2: Managers, leadership and decision making Topic 3: Decision making to improve marketing performance Topic 4: Decision making to improve operational performance Topic 5: Decision making to improve financial performance Topic 6: Decision making to improve human resource performance There are 4 additional topics studied at A Level: Topic 7: Analysing the strategic position of a business Topic 8: Choosing strategic direction Topic 9: Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies Topic 10: Managing strategic change.

Entry requirements

Your course choices will be personal to you, so it is difficult to specify general entry requirements. Whatever courses you choose, the most important requirements are: • an enthusiastic and positive approach to your studies • a commitment to being part of Our Lady’s community and meeting the high expectations we have of our students • full time attendance and punctuality Each course has its own entry requirements and so it is important that you check the course details carefully. If you haven’t got a Grade 4 in GCSE English or Maths when you join the Sixth Form, you will be required to continue your studies in these subjects and resit these qualifications.


For the AS qualification you will have two written papers to complete. Each paper accounts for 50% of the marks for that year. There is a mix of multiple choice, short answer questions and a choice of questions where you can give longer, more detailed answers. The A Level qualification has 3 exam papers testing the students on material from Year 12 and Year 13.

Future opportunities

Business Studies enables students to go on to a range of degree courses including Marketing, Public Relations, Sociology and Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course code: 7131