Business Studies AS/A Level

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Understanding business is becoming increasingly important in a world where advances in technology and communications have taken centre stage. This course will provide the grounding needed to cope with today's business environments.

Description

The Business Studies A Level will allow you to focus on the issues involved in a business start-up and look at how an established business is able to improve its effectiveness.
You will build on your knowledge base by considering complex business scenarios and study how external factors act as catalysts for change in relation to a range of real life businesses.

How long is the course?

1-2 years.

How will I be assessed?

100% examination.

Success rates

A2 pa…

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Understanding business is becoming increasingly important in a world where advances in technology and communications have taken centre stage. This course will provide the grounding needed to cope with today's business environments.

Description

The Business Studies A Level will allow you to focus on the issues involved in a business start-up and look at how an established business is able to improve its effectiveness.
You will build on your knowledge base by considering complex business scenarios and study how external factors act as catalysts for change in relation to a range of real life businesses.

How long is the course?

1-2 years.

How will I be assessed?

100% examination.

Success rates

A2 pass rate 2012: 100%

What will I study?

In the first year you will start by focussing on the issues involved in a business start-up, such as research, raising finance, employing people and budgeting, as well as the factors that determine success. You will follow this by focussing on how an established business, with marketing, operations, human resource and finance departments, is able to improve its effectiveness.

In the second year you will build on your knowledge base by considering more complex business scenarios. Unit 3 focuses on larger businesses which may be trading in international markets and how managers might measure the performance of the business. In the final unit you will study external factors such as the economic, political and technological environments and assess how they act as catalysts for change in relation to a range of real life businesses. For this unit you will be given a research theme which your knowledge and theory should be applied to. These themes are often topical and in the past have focused on the recent recession in the UK, corporate social responsibility and high profile takeovers and mergers.

Throughout both years of the course you will carry out calculations, interpret and analyse data, apply knowledge to unfamiliar situations, develop arguments and make judgements and decisions.

What else can I do?

The A Level in Business Studies combines well with English Language, ICT and Maths.

What does the course lead to?

Degree options are vast and range from economics, finance and accountancy to management and enterprise and e-business. Business studies represents a good subject choice for many students because all professional careers benefit from some knowledge of business practice.

What can I go on to study?

Degree options range from economics, finance and accountancy to management and enterprise and E-business.

The Foundation Degree in Business Management, offered at West Notts, is also a popular choice with students who wish to further their studies.

Other related courses at the college

  • English Language AS/A Level
  • ICT AS/A Level
  • Maths AS/A Level

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade A-C is required for entry, which must include grade C in English Language and mathematics. BTEC equivalent qualifications are not accepted in place of the five GCSEs at grade C or above.

How do I apply?

To apply, simply complete the A Levels online application form.

You don’t need to apply for each subject area you are interested in. Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college for an interview or audition where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the course you have chosen, as well as any alternatives you may be considering. You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your programme choice.

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