Accessibility links

Business Studies A level at Trinity High School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Business Studies gives students at Trinity High School the opportunity to study a subject that will be extremely relevant to their lives when they leave school whether working for a business or in becoming an entrepreneur, as business studies lessons will introduce and help students to develop a range life skills. Where possible regular visits are made to local and national businesses, with guest speakers also coming into school to enhance pupils learning. All students learn through a variety of teaching strategies that stretches their business knowledge. This is then applied in a variety of challenging case studies and practical simulations.

Course content

Students of this course should study business in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/small, UK focused/global, service/manufacturing) and consider:

  • the importance of the context of business in relation to decision making
  • the interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness
  • the competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate
  • the influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues
  • the factors that might determine whether a decision is successful
  • how technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete
  • the impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions
  • use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making (including the interpretation of index  numbers and calculations such as ratios and percentages).

Strategic decision making (A-level only)

The study of strategic decision making should build on the study of decision making in the functional areas. Students should consider:

  • the impact of technology on strategic decision making
  • the influences of Corporate Social Responsibility, ethical and environmental issues on strategic decisions
  • the difficulties in forecasting future trends
  • the importance of assessing feasibility  and risk when making strategic decisions
  • the impact on stakeholders of strategic decisions and their response to such decisions.

The topics lend themselves to studying and engaging with the business world. The specification and assessment should encourage students to follow business developments and think critically about contemporary business issues. Most of the assessment material is based on real business situations. By examining and thinking critically about real business situations as they study the subject, students will gain an insight into different contexts which will help them to understand the key issues in any situation and compare and contrast this with other situations and apply their understanding.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have studied Business Studies at GCSE level in order to take an AS or Advanced GCE in this subject. However you must have at least 5 A* to C grades at GCSE, with C or above in English and Maths.

It is important that you have a strong interest in Business Studies and want to learn how a business is organised, operates, plans and makes decisions. 


AS level:

Paper 1: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks in total 50% of AS

Three compulsory sections:

  • Section A has 10 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 10 marks
  • Section B has short answer questions worth approximately 20 marks
  • Section C has two data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 25 marks.

Paper 2: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks in total, 50% of AS

One compulsory case study consisting of approximately seven questions.


A level

Paper 1: Assessed via a written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks in total, 33.3% of A-level

Three compulsory sections:

  • Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks.
  • Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks.
  • Sections C and D have two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) worth 25 marks each

Paper 2: Assessed via written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks in total, 33.3% of A-level

Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

Paper 3: Assessed via written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks in total, 33.3% of A-level

One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions.

Future opportunities

Business Studies is such a varied, well-respected and interesting subject that a wide range of employment opportunities and degree courses are open to students on completing the course.  It combines well with a range of other subjects including social sciences, humanities, mathematics and ICT.

Students will have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities in areas such as management, accountancy, banking, human resources, marketing and sales. If you are interested in the business world and you enjoyed your GCSE in Business Studies, or you want to keep your options open before making a career or degree choice, then this is the course for you!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017

Key information