Business Studies

What Will I Study?

In the first year you will look at why businesses exist, how businesses set objectives and be introduced to the importance of finance in analysing the performance of a business. You will also look at the study of management and leadership as well, covering an overview into the main functional areas in business and the way they interact with each other. In the second year of the course, first year subject material is explored in more depth, with emphasis on decision-making at boardroom level. This includes assessing business strategy and key decision-making associated with marketing, finance, HR and operations to ensure business success.

How Will I Be Assessed?

All exams are 2 hours and cover the whole specification. They all have 100 marks and they all have an equal weighting of 33.3% of the A Level.

Paper 1: Business 1

Three compulsory sections:

  • Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks;
  • Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks;
  • Section C has two essay questions (choice of one from two questions on the first section and one from two questions on the second section) each worth 25 marks.

Paper 2: Business 2

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

Paper 3: Business 3

One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions.

How Will I Be Assessed?

  • Case-study based examinations;
  • Mini-part data response questions;
  • Essays.

What Will I Need?

Students will have access to all resources and materials at the College.

What Can This Course Lead To/Prepare Me For?

Business Studies allows you to access a wide variety of choices at university. For potential employers, Business Studies shows employers that you have knowledge and skills about the business world and is an ideal foundation for the recruitment of students for managerial positions. Business Studies students go on to study or find jobs in a variety of different industries and professions. It's not just for students who want to run their own business. Business Studies is for everyone and research actually shows that students who have business qualifications earn more over their lifetime than other students.

Entry Requirements

At least a grade 6 in Business, Economics or Humanities GCSE, plus a grade 5 in Maths and three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English.

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