Entry requirementsA minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE including a grade C (grade 4) in GCSE English Language and Maths. If students have studied GCSE Business, a grade B is expected. However, students who have not studied Business at GCSE can still apply. A genuine interest in the subject is also essential and students must be comfortable with numbers.
What will I study?Business Studies gives an understanding of the many problems businesses can face and encourages students to develop analytical and evaluative ways to solve them.
Across the 2 years students will study the following:
What is business?
Managers, leadership and decision making
Decision making to improve marketing performance
Decision making to improve operational performance
Decision making to improve financial performance
Decision making to improve human resource performance
Analysing the strategic position of a business
Choosing strategic direction
Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
Managing strategic change
Good course combinationsStudents studying Business Studies often take A Level Economics, but Business Studies combines well with any subject.
How the course is assessedThree compulsory papers covering all of the above content. Each paper counts for 33.3% of the final qualification. Each paper is 2 hours long and carries 100 marks.
Paper 1Questions: Three compulsory sections
• Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks.
• Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks.
• Section C has two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) each worth 25 marks.
Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.
One compulsory case study followed with approximately six questions.
Before the qualification can be awarded, students must undertake all the assessments.