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Business Studies AS & A Level at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The aim of the course is to offer full-time students the opportunity to gain a national qualification in Business.

The course includes a wide variety of learning experiences such as lectures, one to one tutorials, ICT based tasks, practical work, group work, discussions/debates, DVDs, and personal research when preparing for assessment. This aspect of the course is particularly important in business because it is assumed that you are keeping up-to-date with current affairs issues (which you can then utilise to support a particular point of discussion or debate). Also, as part of your course in Business you will be offered the chance to go on several educational visits including a trip to the Jaguar Land Rover Factory in Solihull. There are also several visits to some prestigious universities which offer exceptionally good Business courses at Higher Education level.

Course content

Business 1
Topics include:
What is a business, i.e. ownership types, legal requirements and understanding of the external environment? Managers, leadership and decision making and the importance of stakeholders. Decision making to improve marketing, operational, financial and human resource performance.

Analysing the strategic position of a business - objectives, choosing a strategic direction, strategic methods (SWOT & PESTLE analysis) and managing strategic change. Innovation, using digital technology, organisational culture and investigating why strategies fail

Business 2
Topics include:
An investigation of the topics listed above; in more detail.

Business 3
This final assessment tests your knowledge and understanding of all the concepts listed above i.e. it is synoptic and so builds on your knowledge and understanding to date.

Entry requirements

Usually you'll need five or more A*-C (9-4) grades at GCSE, including maths and English. A new grade scale is in operation for maths and English which is numerical. The equivalent to a B grade will be a 6 and the equivalent to a C grade will be 5 for entry requirement purposes.


Assessment comprises of three examinations at the end of two years of study.

Progression to year 2 will be dependent on successful completion of the first year taking into account Internal Progression Examination results and the Key Assessment Profile throughout the first year.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

When you have gained your A Level in Business you can use it to progress into Higher Education. There are a wide range of undergraduate degrees available in Business both locally and further afield. Both Staffordshire and Keele Universities offer various business courses. Business can be combined with many other subjects, for example languages, management, law and/or accounting options. The sort of jobs Business graduates go on to do are wide ranging including working in the numerous and dynamic financial and money markets such as banking, retail management, specialist business disciplines such as marketing, human resources, finance and of course teaching.

Further information

Studying Business provides an excellent general qualification for many careers. You will be able to use this multi faceted qualification to progress easily into Higher Education because universities recognise the independence of thought and critical awareness that A Level Business courses develop. Many employers appreciate the skills and knowledge that Business students will have gained during their studies. Having a business qualification will give you the ‘edge’ because you will have very relevant employability and transferable skills which employers are constantly looking for. In addition you will have studied the ‘key’ business disciplines which could then lead to a career in marketing, finance, operations management etc.

On a personal level, students will find that their awareness of business issues will enhance their understanding of the business and commercial environment. You will be actively encouraged to keep abreast of current and business related affairs like the recent European referendum and the demise of Sports Direct.

How do I find out more?
If you wish to find out more you can contact Lisa Browne, Assistant Head of Academic & Creative Studies using the following details. Email: Tel: 01782 254320.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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