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Business Studies

Course Details
Dept - Business Studies
Type of Qualifcation - AS/A2
Exam Board - AQA

Additional Entry Requirements -
No previous study of the subject required

Course Content
AS and A2: A course all about decision making in business. Linear by structure, with no distinct units, students will be studying areas such as Planning and Financing a Business, How to Manage a Business, How to set and Measure Strategies for Success and the Global Business Environment and Managing Change.

Course Requirement: You do not need to have studies Business Studies at GCSE, but must have a minimum Grade of 6 in Mathematics and English
Style of Assessment
AS Paper 1
50% of AS Level: 1 hour 30 minutes examination: 3 sections
- Multiple Choice Questions
- Short Answer Questions
- 2 essay questions

AS Paper 2
50% of AS Level: 1 hour 30 minutes examination
One compulsary case study – seven questions

A2 Paper 1
33.3% of A2 Level
2 hour examination
3 sections
- Multiple Choice Questions
- Short Answer Questions
- 2 essay questions

A2 Paper 2
33.3% of A2 Level
2 hour examination
3 data response questions

A2 Paper 3
33.3% of A2 Level
2 hour examination
One compulsary case study with 6 questions
Whose kind of course?
If you are interested in understanding what business is, what impacts on success and failure and how to take business decisions based on facts, then this is the course for you. Learning business theory allied to real life examples, you will be able to make those difficult judgements.

People who are interested in the world around them will find this course crucial as we will study how to improve business performance accross a wide range of subject areas, marketing, operations, finance, human resources and the setting of and measuring strategic change in an ever changing environment.

Stretch & Challenge – aiming for A*: There are many opportunities to extend learning gained both through directed study, industry visits and speakers and your own experiences and knowledge.
Career Prospects
The subjects and transferable skills taught in business studies directly relate to the world of work and would give you a competitive advantage in a competitive careers market. Some options would include Marketing; PR, Communication, Management, Accountancy, Advertising, PR; Communication; Management; Accountancy and Advertising.