Business Studies A/AS Level

What is Business Studies?

Business is a very popular and relevant subject. In Business Studies you will learn about how a business works, from a small business to large corporations. S tudents learn a range of topics from financial analysis to management techniques and, importantly, learn to apply them to real business situations. At the end of the two year course students – and their parents – are always amazed at the depth of their business analysis skills.

Lessons make extensive use of the daily business news and seem to frequently include heated discussion and debate.

What will I study?

From 2015 we will follow the Edexcel specification.

This examines the following 4 key themes.

Theme 1: Marketing and people

Students will develop an understanding of:

  • meeting customer needs
  • the market
  • marketing mix and strategy
  • managing people
  • entrepreneurs and leaders

Theme 2: Managing business activities

Students will develop an understanding of:

  • raising finance
  • financial planning
  • managing finance
  • resource management
  • external influences

Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy

This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2. Students will develop an understanding of:

  • business objectives and strategy
  • business growth
  • decision-making techniques
  • influences on business decisions
  • assessing competitiveness
  • managing change

Theme 4: Global business

This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 1. Students will develop an understanding of:

  • globalisation
  • global markets and business expansion
  • global marketing
  • global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

How is it assessed?

There are three externally assessed papers at A level. Each paper comprises 100 marks and is two hours in duration. Data response questions are short answer and extended open response. A level Paper 3 has a broad pre-released context to support the investigative nature of the qualification.

The AS level is embedded in the A level: themes 1 and 2 are the same for both the AS and A level specifications. There are two externally assessed papers at AS level. Each paper comprises 80 marks and is 1.5 hours in duration. Data response questions are short answer and extended open response.

Will I enjoy this course?

You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that:

  • Is relevant to the world you live in and your future.
  • Focuses on the world of business.
  • Is studied through your own experience, research and investigation, not just classroom work.
  • Develops a full range of skills that will be useful in other subjects you study and employment.

Where might it lead me?

You might want to continue to study Business Studies or a related subject at university. Employment and university opportunities where your business skills will be particularly valued include accountancy, marketing, management, journalism, leisure and tourism and many more.

How can I find out more? Email tec@blundells.org if you have any questions and would like to know more. Alternatively if you would like to speak to Mr Candler, Mr Lewis or Ms Turnbull you can find us in the department!