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AS Level: Business Studies at Ashby School

Course description



Course content

A level business studies looks at the questions arising in business and how business decisions are made. The new Edexcel syllabus cover four themes which are covered in three external exams at the end of the two year course.


Marketing and people

Managing business activities

Business decisions and strategy

Globa business


There are three external examinations at the end of Year 13.

Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses 
 35% of the qualification 
Paper 2: Business activities, decisions & strategy 
 35% of the qualification 
Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment 
 30% of the qualification

Entry requirements

For all Sixth Form courses, students must have five GCSE (or equivalent) 
passes at Grades A* - C, including Mathematics and English Language. 
There is no need for any prior knowledge of the subject. 
Students who have studied Business at GCSE are expected to have 
achieved a Grade C or above. The right attitude to the subject is vital along 
with an interest in current affairs, politics, industry and enthusiasm to 
know more. 

Future opportunities

Students can take this course to complement other advanced level courses 
such as Accounting or Economics. This could lead to higher education in 
areas of business studies, marketing, accounting or more general higher 
education courses. 
With further training, students may choose a career related to business 
studies, such as marketing, finance and accounting, human resources or 
public relations. 
This is a recognised qualification that would support a trainee 
management course within a company and helps students to develop the 
skills, understanding and experience to work towards management level. 
Students can go on to degree courses with either BA or BSC qualifications. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashby School directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year