Business, AS-Level

Course start date:
12 Sep 2017
Course end date:
29 Jun 2018
15:00 - 17:00

A-Level Business will demonstrate the interrelated nature of Business using different business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of the modern business environment, issues and situations that impact on business.  Our content is designed to engage students through topics and scenarios that are relevant in today’s society.

You will complete the AS-Level in the first year and the A2 in the second to form a full A-Level.

You will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology, business ethics and globalisation topics.  This will focus on the current and future business climate and you will learn how change affects business and develop techniques for setting and achieving corporate objectives so that you make the most of change. 

Effective financial planning is a priority in business, and you’ll discover ways to calculate, estimate and review costs, set budgets and assess future financial needs.

Although not an entry requirement, this course is particularly suitable for students who have studied GCSE Business Studies and have an interest in setting up their own business, as this specification builds on the concepts and skills they will have already learned.

The course can be taken in the following ways:

- As a stand-alone part-time course.

- As an ‘add on’ to a Full Time Level 3 Study Programme at the College, for example alongside a BTEC Extended Diploma.

- As part of a study programme with another two A-Levels (full-time package).

Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

This course will help you:

- Develop a critical understanding of a range of organisations, the markets they work in and what “added value” is as a business concept.

- How the term “stakeholder” can impact on different aspects of business behaviour.

- Acquire a range of skills including decision-making and problem-solving.

- Understand the current structure of business and business practice.

The A-Level Business Studies course is split into 10 individual units:

1. What is business?
2. Management
3. Marketing performance
4. Operational performance
5. Financial performance
6. Human resource performance
7. Analysing the business environment
8. Marketing strategy
9. Strategic change
10. Change and culture

Next: Assessment

How will I be assessed?

There are three final assessments for the A-Level Business Studies specification 7132:

Paper 1: Business 1 (Multiple-choice questions, short answer and two essays)

Paper 2: Business 2 (Three compulsory data response questions)

Paper 3: Business 3 (One compulsory case study consisting of six questions)

Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

The majority of students go on to university, where Business represents the largest single subject in the university sector.

For potential employers, Business, with its broad study base and balance of numerical and written skills, is an ideal foundation for the recruitment of students for managerial positions and offers all the skills employers have recently said are lacking in new recruits.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above (or 4) in any examined subject.

Must include English Language (at Grade B or 6) and Maths (at Grade C or 4).

If you would like to apply for the full-time package (3-4 AS-Levels) please complete a full-time application form.

If you would llike to study this course part-time, please contact the tutor:
Sinead Kay:

Next: Fees

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on for details. More about Student Finance.

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