Well motivated students develop independent learning skills and a large number of students move on to university to study a Business related degree.


Course Details and Assessment

Business Studies is an excellent basis for students to develop their understanding of the world of work. This knowledge can be a useful tool in whatever field of study or employment students wish to pursue.

The AS and A-Level units cover a wide range of contemporary business issues including planning and financing a new business venture, managing organisations and change effectively, as well as business strategy.

The course will cover the following business topic areas:

AS only (1 year) A-Level (2 years)
What is a business
Managers, leadership and decision making
Marketing
Business operations
Financial performance
Human resources
What is a business
Managers, leadership and decision making
Marketing
Business operations
Financial performance
Human resources
Analysing the strategic position of a business
Choosing strategic direction
How to pursue strategies
Managing strategic change

The course is assessed in the following way

AS Qualification: (Students wishing to only achieve an AS qualification must take all of the assessments listed below)

Assessment Information Outline Grading
Paper 1
Covers all AS content
Written exam
1hr 30mins
80 marks
Section A = Multiple choice (10 marks)
Section B = Short answer questions (20 marks)
Section C and D = Two data response stimuli with questions (50 marks)
50% of AS level mark
Paper 2
Covers all AS content
Written exam
1hr 30mins
80 marks
One compulsory case study consisting of seven questions (80 marks split across these questions) 50% of AS level mark

Full A-Level Qualification: (to gain a full A-level students must take all of the assessments listed below – AS grades do not count towards the final grade achieved at A-level)

Assessment Information Outline Grading
Paper 1
Covers all A-level content
Written exam
2 hours
100 marks
Section A = Multiple choice (15 marks)
Section B = Short answer questions (35 marks)
Section C and D = Two essay questions (50 marks)
33.3% of final A-level mark
Paper 2
Covers all A-level content
Written exam
2 hours
100 marks
Three data response compulsory questions (33 marks per question) 33.3% of final A-level mark
Paper 3
Covers all A-level content
Written exam
2 hours
100 marks
One compulsory case study followed by 6 questions. (100 marks split across all the questions 33.3% of final A-level mark

This forward thinking and contemporary course is delivered through a variety of teaching styles and practical work/visits and independent study assignments feature highly. Students will acquire a range of important and transferable skills including:

  • presenting arguments and making judgements/justified recommendations
  • problem solving and decision making
  • planning work
  • conducting research
  • data skills – manipulating and interpreting information
  • challenging assumptions

Career/Higher Education Application

Students taking Business Studies are highly regarded by many universities and colleges, and Business Studies at degree level is ever growing in popularity. The majority of students who study A-level Business at Fallibroome have gone on to student Business as part of their degrees at University.

Students who will be entering the world of work after their A Levels will also benefit from the practical nature and focus of the course. It will provide particularly useful skills and knowledge for people looking to apply for apprenticeships within large organisations.

The skills learnt are applicable to any future career.


Entry Requirements

A high standard of GCSE English and Maths (usually a grade B or above at GCSE in both subjects) is highly desirable for this course. More important, however, is evidence of a high degree of motivation and organisation shown in Years 10 and 11.

There is no requirement to have studied GCSE Business Studies. All students starting the course will be expected to complete a GCSE Introductory Study Pack during the first term to introduce them to basic concepts and key terms.

For those having studied GCSE Business Studies, it is expected that they will have attained at least a grade B in the subject.


Key Skills

Throughout the course there is ample opportunity to develop many of the key skills areas including Communication, Calculating and interpreting numerical data, Information and Communication Technology, Working with others and interacting with people and organisations. Students can also benefit from involvement in the Young Enterprise competition.