Business Studies AS/A2 Level

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Course Specifics

Sixth Form
Level 3
16-18 School Leavers
1 year for AS Level 2 years for full A Level
Interview Required:
Age 16-18 Cost:
No cost
Age 19 or Over:
Funding Assisted:
Yes - If it's your first full Level 3 and you're aged 19-23 your course is funded otherwise Advanced learner loans are available

Course overview

Business is front page news. The way companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, while TV programmes like ’The Apprentice’ and ‘Dragons Den’ have raised the profile of business. Business is a dynamic, exciting and engaging subject and to help students in their studies……business is everywhere, so there is no shortage of real life examples. Students are able to engage, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a crucial understanding of what business is and what business does. In this subject students investigate topics such as; What do we mean by a ‘business’? What are managers? What is leadership? And how are decisions made? The process and role of decision making, which is all designed to improve performance of the marketing, operational, financial, and human resource functions of a business. Then onto the strategic position of a business, and ways of choosing a strategic direction and finally how all these are implemented, managed and controlled.

Who is this course for?

Ideally you will be achieving at least 25 points/5 x 5 points or above/A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including English and Maths. You also need to have an inquiring mind, keep up with current affairs, especially the business news, and have an excellent work ethic. An A Level in Business opens door to a wide range of future study and employment.

Entry qualifications

Ideally you will be achieving at least 25 points/5 x 5 points or above/A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including English and Maths.

What other experience will I gain?

Being part of Chesterfield College Sixth Form is so much more than A Levels. We want you to leave us with as many skills as possible to help you with you next step (as well as making your time here fun). That's why you'll also get the opportunity to take part in visits such as a visit to the Bank of England. Business students often enter competitions - IFS Challenge (in which we recently finished 9th out of 30,000) - BASE Accounting competition and many of the Business students work as student ambassadors and Peer mentors – Y13 students who pair up with Y12 students to offer help and support.

Where will this lead?

You will be able to progress to university level study or on to employment. Former Business students are taking straight Business degrees at an number of prestigious universities (Durham, Sheffield, Leeds) but also many combinations of subjects, such as; Land Economy at Cambridge, Industrial Economics at Nottingham, Business and IT at Sheffield Hallam, Accounting at Lincoln, Business Management at Manchester, and Brand management and PR at Manchester. In addition Business is useful if you want to go into many careers as in all cases you will be working FOR an organisation that has to know about many business concepts. This is true of both the public sector (like the NHS) and the private sector. So business combines well with ALL other subjects and the pass rates are among the highest in the college.

What are my career options?

What Ofsted say

"You don’t need to have studied business before as we start right at the beginning. It’s interesting because business is all around us and we get to discuss real products and real businesses. The exams have a case study so the most important thing is to answer the questions in context – it is about that business in that situation – not a text book answer. That’s why I like it because, as the teacher always says, “it depends” - Faith, former student.

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