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Business Studies AS/A-Level at South Dartmoor Community College

Course description

Studying Business at Advanced Level will give you an insight into the business world which is ever changing and exciting. The uncertainty of training for jobs which don’t yet exist is made easier when you have a business qualification behind you. A third of graduates regretted the degree subject they chose and felt a business related practical degree would have been a more appropriate choice for further study. ‘The findings show that on reflection many graduates would study a programme which directly relates to business’ Victoria Winkler, Training advisor. Furthermore, Price Cooperhouse and Waterman found Business graduates earned more money than most other graduates, which works out as £24,000 above the national average.

This successful business qualification not only prepares students to go to university to study business but it also provides many of the key skills which are needed for independent study, employment and selfemployment.

Course content

There are four themes that make up the A Level in Business. These are: Marketing and People, Managing Business Activities, Business Decisions and Strategy and Global Business.

Entry requirements

You will be expected to gain 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above to include Mathematics and English.


100% examination based with four written examinations at the end of the A2 year. To be successful students need to be able to think logically and analyse and discuss real situations using business concepts.

Future opportunities

Non graduate jobs and self-employment opportunities may be available to successful Business A level students as they will have an insight into the business world. Positions do exist in management and administration for those with A levels in retail, banking, insurance and manufacturing industries. Graduate jobs may include advertising account executive, banking manager, chartered accountant, distribution/logistics manager, investment banker, management consultant, marketing executive, personnel officer, public relations officer, retail buyer, retail manager, sales executive and any other business related job for profit and nonprofit organisations.

Further information

We have two dedicated Economics and Business rooms with computers in Place House, an Economics and Business Resource room is attached and access to 40 computers plus 3 laptops in Place House. The Library offers a range of textbooks and computers to support your studies. In addition we have a wide range of specialist Economics and Business textbooks, magazines, newspapers, journals and videos. We make extensive use of ICT facilities, including CD Rom and the Internet.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Dartmoor Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years