Course Type: Full Time

AS/A Level Business Studies

  • Course Code CG60089
  • Start Date 6th September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

Course title: AS/A Level Business Studies

Exam board detail: AQA

Type of qualification: A Level (to be studied in conjunction with two other A Level subjects)

Delivery hours per week: 6 hours (1.5-hour lessons)


Section 1: Subject Overview

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Business is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers. Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues. Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.


AS Level: Year 1

Theme 1 Marketing and people

Students will develop an understanding of:

· meeting customer needs

 · the market

· marketing mix and strategy

· managing people

· entrepreneurs and leaders.


Theme 2 Managing business activities

Students will develop an understanding of:

· raising finance

· financial planning

· managing finance

· resource management

· external influences.


There are two exams in year 12 which examine theme 1 and theme 2. 


A Level: Year 2

Theme 3 Business decisions and strategy

This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2.

Students 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.

Students will develop an understanding of:

· globalisation

· global markets and business expansion

· global marketing

· global industries and companies (multinational corporations)


There are three exams in year 13.  They will cover all themes studied over the 2yrs including one exam paper which is based around a research theme.


Section 2: Assessment Overview

Assessment methods include:

Frequent Topic Tests

Mock Assessments

Practical Assessments

External assessments (exams) will take place in the summer term – May/June.


Section 3: What do other students study alongside Business at A Level?

Many students will opt to study Maths, Law, English Literature, English Language, Sociology or Psychology depending on their long-term destination.


Section 4: What are the possible career opportunities after successful completion of this course?

This A level provides a good ground in many subject areas and provides a breadth which enables students to go on to a range of degree courses including Marketing, Public Relations, Sociology and Law. Many of our students enjoy the subject so much they want to read it at university. Last year's Business Studies students went on to a variety of Business, advertising and PR courses at the universities of Westminster, Aberystwyth, Northumbria and Edinburgh.


Section 5: How can I find out more if I have a question?


Business Teacher – clare.lee@gateshead.ac.uk

Curriculum Operations Manager - sarah.latheron@gateshead.ac.uk




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.

Required experience

We welcome applicants without prior experience.

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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