A level Business Studies is a very relevant and interesting subject, which covers a wide range of issues of topical concern to students who are consumers, will in the future be employees (and employers!) and to those who are interested in the welfare of society generally. Business organisations vary in size, in ownership, in objectives and most certainly in how they go about achieving those objectives. The business environment in which firms operate, is increasingly complex and fiercely competitive having a huge effect on us all - Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse! The course helps students understand the background to the business decision making process, encouraging them to establish informed opinions and views.
The course provides an interesting, relevant and current insight into a range of issues and activities affecting organisations in the modern business environment. Issues including the impact of globalisation, the importance of environmental and ethical objectives and the pace of technological development are a key focus for discussion.
The subject helps develop in students an understanding of business organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. In looking at this from the perspective of different stakeholders, a range of different disciplines are employed, taking an integrated approach in analysing the complexity of decision making.
Study gives students the opportunity to develop a range of skills including analysis, problem solving, decision making and interpreting data in a variety of formats.
There are 2 exam papers at AS, both lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes each. Each paper is worth 50% of the AS. Paper 1 consists of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and two data response questions. Paper 2 is one case study with 7 questions. You can take the AS course on its own or undertake the full A level.
Five or more GCSE grades 9-4 or equivalent, including Grade 4 in English Language and Maths.
Grade 4 in Mathematics. Grade 4 in Business if studied.
Students with AS or Advanced GCE Business Studies have access to a wide range of possible careers and higher education opportunities. You learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These include collecting and analysing financial and other economic information from different sources, development of written communication skills and development of problem solving and evaluation skills. These are in great demand and are recognised by employers, universities and colleges as being of great value. Universities have many discreet Business Courses as well as Foundation Business Courses which can lead to specialisms, such as Accounting, Personnel Management and Marketing.