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Business Studies A-level

This course will provide you with a good overview of business as a whole, with a particular focus on enterprise. You will also learn about four business areas: marketing, finance, people management and operations. Your study will also involve strategic thinking about business influences and setting up a small business.

You will study operational aspects of a business such as human resources, marketing, finance and accounting. You will develop analytical and critical skills as well as a creative approach to problem solving.

This course can be studied as part of the Business Pathway.

What do I learn?
You will gain a good understanding of business and a number of associated areas by studying this AS level. You will study various functions within business such as marketing, finance, people management and operations.

Your study will include the following:
• unit 1: Financing and planning a business
• unit 2: Managing a business
• unit 3: Strategies for success
• unit 4: The business environment and change.

You will be taught in our well-equipped classrooms by our experienced staff. Your study will involve learning different aspects and theories on business. We often have visiting speakers from local employers such as John Lewis to talk about their business and career opportunities and also Logica who have previously sponsored a student. This A level involves an exam based assessment and there is no coursework.
What do I gain?
Your Business AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study. This course offers good progression to business and finance or marketing-related degree courses. A large proportion of students gain high grades in this subject.

You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a tutorial and they will help you set review and achieve your targets. There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and moving on to university. The vast majority of A-level students progress successfully to higher education.

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience sport and performing.
What do I need?
Six GCSEs grades A* to C including English Language and Maths. A minimum of a D grade at AS allows you to progress onto your second year of study.
What do I gain?
You could progress on to further study of a business-related subject at higher education level or alternatively enter the employment market. Degree courses can include business and management, business and finance, or business and accounting. You could enter employment in finance, human resources and marketing in roles such as Human Resources Officer, Marketing Executive, Retail Banker or Management Consultant.
What else do I need to know?
The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £12,950 per year. Scholarships of up to £6,250 are available, for more information on International entries contact international@activatelearning.ac.uk.
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