Course Title AS/A Level Business Studies
Level: 3
Code MS001

Overview of the Course

On this course you will discover how businesses operate and explore the vital role that they can play within society. Amongst other things, you will find out: What you need to do to become a successful entrepreneur, what makes a successful marketing campaign, how to employ the right people and then how to motivate them, how international brands get their products made and into stores, how business can make lots of money but still be ethical and kind to the environment.

You will learn how to problem solve, think independently and make decisions such as whether a business should launch a new product, enter a new market or takeover another company.

What are the career opportunities?

Business Studies offers you a high degree of versatility in your career choice and provides an ideal foundation if you are aiming to study a Business related degree at university. The course can lead onto careers in: Management, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance and Accounting, Production and International Business.

What are the entry requirements?

To study A Levels at Bury College you must obtain a minimum of six GCSE grades. These must include 4/5 in English Language and mathematics (minimum combined total of 9 points). Plus, a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. As well as a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 5 or higher. In addition to these entry requirements, you must achieve a grade 9-4 (A*-C) in GCSE maths and grade 9-5 (A*-C) in English.

How long is the course and when can I start?

This course will start in September and you will study for two years to achieve the full A Level.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

At AS Level you will study two components.

Component 1 – Business Opportunities is a one hour paper and worth 40% of the marks.

Component 2 – Business Functions is a two hour examination worth 60% of the AS qualification.

At A2 Level you will have three exams each worth 33% and lasting just over two hours.

Component 1 - Business Opportunities and Function (the two AS elements are combined and re-assessed).
Component 2 - Business Analysis and Strategy.
Component 3 - Business in a Changing World.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

A Level Business will develop your English and communication skills as well as numerical skills. All of these skills are highly valued by higher education institutions or the ‘world of work’.

Work experience

You will have the opportunity to participate in a week’s work experience in each year of the course. This work experience will be tailored as far as possible to your career aims, or provide you with the opportunity to explore possible careers. In addition, it provides opportunity to develop valuable skills for a personal statement or CV.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

A range of enrichment activities are available in college and your A Level Study Programme team will provide you with opportunities to do activities that contribute to your wider growth and development. During your academic studies you will explore things that are related to the subject areas that you are interested in.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There are no additional costs or requirements to participate in an A Level Study Programme.

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