Business Studies

A / AS Level
2 years

What is Business Studies?

Business Studies combines academic study with awareness and understanding of the business world around you.

You will study a range of topics including starting a business, finance, people in business, operations management, marketing, strategies and change management. If you are interested in the business news headlines, or in how businesses are created and grow, about how they are managed and the skills required in the management process, you should find the subject interesting and stimulating. You may find you are able to draw upon any work experience you have done.

Is Business Studies suitable for me?

Current students have singled out the topic on marketing as particularly enjoyable because they can relate it to the items they buy. They also enjoy finding out current trends in the business world. They have commented that lessons are interesting and fun because of the real life subject matter and teaching methods used.

However, there is a lot of material to learn with formulae and theories, which can prove challenging for some. Theories learned in class must be applied to a business context and students are expected to make judgments about business issues.

How will I learn?

Lessons are varied and involve using case studies, videos and articles to apply theory learnt in class. Calculations and numerical work are practiced regularly. Independent work and group work methods are used. The focus is on the logical organisation of notes and the development of examination skills.

You will need to have an interest in current affairs and business issues. You will need to read appropriate newspaper and magazine articles. Viewing topical television programmes such as the news, Newsnight, Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice will also provide valuable information and keep you up to date about the business world and interested in the world of business.

The directed study set amounts to 4 to 5 hours per week. This would typically involve answering examination style questions and summarising articles or set textbook chapters. A self-driven approach is especially important since there is no coursework project in this subject.

How will I be assessed?

Coursework Year 1 – 0%; Year 2 – 0%.

AS Level: short answer and data response questions based on unseen case studies. For courses starting in 2016 a multiple choice element in addition to these methods of assessment.

A2 Level: unseen case study with emphasis on essay-style questions to develop strong analytical and evaluative skills.


By studying Business Studies you will be able to extract relevant information, weigh up both sides of an argument, then come to an informed judgement. You will be able to interpret and calculate financial and numerical data. These skills, and an awareness of how organisations work, will be valuable in Higher Education and employment. Many students go on to study Business Studies or related subjects, such as Management Science and International Business, at university.

Hannah studied Business Studies with English Language and Sociology and found that these subjects complemented each other well. She went onto Lancaster University to do a degree in International Management. Anna combined Business Studies with Communication Studies, Mathematics and Psychology and is studying Management Science at Warwick University..

Entry requirements

Students studying a 3 or 4 AS level programme should normally have achieved an average GCSE point score of 5.5 or above and at least a grade C in Maths and/or English (unless specified otherwise). Students with a point score between 4.5 – 5.5 will normally take a mixture of Subsidiary Diplomas and AS levels. You can check your likely GCSE point score by going to 'Choosing the Right Course' on the website and entering your predicted grades.It is not necessary to have studied Business Studies at GCSE to take AS/A Level.

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks, stationery, computer discs and calculators (where appropriate). Any further costs are outlined below:

Essential:  £32 for textbooks
Optional:   maximum of £45 for trips, business dictionary and magazine.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

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