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Business Studies AS/A2 at Fulston Manor School

Course description


This qualification will provide a broad understanding of business and entrepreneurship knowledge and skills to support progress to higher education. Business Studies helps students to:

  • develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value

  • be aware that business behaviour can be studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders

  • acquire a range of skills including decision-making and problem-solving

  • be aware of current business practice.



To provide a broad education and appreciation of the wider business environment. Focusing on four key themes: people, markets, finance and operational delivery.

Course content

Learners cover topics including:

  • the role of finance in planning an enterprise, analysing and making financial decisions

  • how organisations use human, physical and financial resources to achieve goals

  • enterprising behaviour and how it encourages entrepreneurial opportunities.


    Unit 1 – Financial Planning and Analysis, covering ownership and finances for business decisions.

    Unit 2 – Business Dynamics – Factors contributing to business success, focusing on the employees.

    Unit 3 – Entrepreneurial opportunities – Investigate entrepreneurial opportunities and propose marketing activities to take advantages of the opportunity.

    Unit 4 – Managing and leading people – Explore the importance of leadership and how employees work.

    Unit 5 – Developing a business proposal – Students will develop, present and evaluate a business idea.

    Unit 6 – e-Business implementation – develop an idea for an e-business and carry out business activities.

    Unit 7 – Managing an event – Students will plan, manage and review an event linked to a business proposal.

    Unit 8 – Marketing communications – development of a marketing mix and communication for a business.

Entry requirements

To be accepted a student should have at least 5 GCSEs at grades 9 - 4 (or equivalent) and it is strongly advised that this should include English and Mathematics.

It is recommended that students should have a grade 5 GCSE or equivalent in Business Studies as this course will build on the concepts and skills they have already learned.


Assessment is through examinations, external assignments and centre set assignments.

Units 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are centre set assignment and internally assessed.

Units 1 and 4 are external examinations.

Unit 3 is an external assignment set and assessed by the examination board.

Further information

To provide a broad education and appreciation of the wider business environment which will lead to employment and/or further and higher education within any business framework.

This qualification is a ‘new style’ two year linear A Level. Whilst the AS qualification still exists it does not form part of the final A Level, and most students will be expected to study this course for the full two years.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years