Course Type: Full Time

AS/A Level Business Studies

  • Course Code CG60089
  • Start Date 5th September 2019
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

This course is structured into four themes and will help you develop and enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to studying business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

Year 1 - AS Level

Theme 1: Marketing and People

You will develop an understanding of:

  • meeting customer needs
  •  the market
  • marketing mix and strategy
  • managing people
  • entrepreneurs and leaders.

Theme 2: Managing Business Activities

You will develop an understanding of:

  • raising finance
  • financial planning
  • managing finance
  • resource management
  • external influences.

There are two exams at the end of this year.

Year 2: A Level

Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy

This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2. You will develop an understanding of:

  • business objectives and strategy
  • business growth
  • decision-making techniques
  • influences on business decisions
  • assessing competitiveness
  • managing change.

Theme 4: Global Business

This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 1. You will develop an understanding of:

  • globalisation
  • global markets and business expansion
  • global marketing
  • global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

There are three exams at the end of this year. They will cover all themes studied over the two years including one exam paper which is based around a research theme.


In addition to exams, your skills and knowledge will be assessed by:

  • Frequent topic tests
  • Mock assessments
  • Practical assessments

What can I study alongside this A Level?

Many students will opt to study maths, law, English literature, English language, sociology or psychology  depending on what they want to study at university or as a career.

What are the career opportunities?

This A level provides a good range of skills that are useful in a range of degree courses including marketing, public relations, sociology and law.

An interview is required and guidance is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

Average grade 6 GCSE profile (Higher entry criteria is required for anyone looking to study Maths and/or Sciences at A Level). However, if you do not meet this profile please still come to an Open Event to discuss all options with a member of the A Level Team.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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