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Business Studies A Level - Level 3

Overview

Understanding business is becoming increasingly important in a world where advances in technology and communications have taken centre stage. This course will provide the grounding needed to cope with today's business environments.

The Business Studies A Level will allow you to focus on the issues involved in a business start-up and look at how an established business is able to improve its effectiveness.

You will build on your knowledge base by considering complex business scenarios and study how external factors act as catalysts for change in relation to a range of real life businesses. You will use your mathematical skills to interpret quantitative data and interpret the data through use of good English. 

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Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language and maths.

Following your application you will normally be offered a place to study A Levels subject to achieving the entry requirements and attending a welcome taster.

Start dates and fees

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How long is the course?

A Level qualifications last two years.

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How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed solely by examination, with exams scheduled for May/June.

Success rates

A Level pass rate 2018 - 100%

What does the course lead to?

Degree options are vast and range from economics, finance and accountancy to management and enterprise and e-business. Business studies represents a good subject choice for many students because all professional careers benefit from some knowledge of business practice.

What will I study?

In the first year you will start by studying businesses in variety of contexts focussing on the issues involved in a business start-up in relation to decision making, such as research, raising finance, employing people, leadership and budgeting, as well as the factors that determine success. You will follow this by focussing on how an established business, with marketing, operations, human resource and finance departments, is able to improve its effectiveness. You will look at the importance of decision making in many different contexts for businesses such as technological impact, stakeholders influence and use of quantitative and qualitative data.

In the second year you will build on your knowledge base by considering more complex business scenarios. You will focus on larger businesses which may be trading in international markets and how managers might measure the performance of the business and make strategic decisions. You will study external factors such as the economic, political and technological environments and assess how they act as catalysts for change in relation to a range of real life businesses. You will also look at firms at how they are influenced by issues such as Corporate Social Responsibility.

Throughout both years of the course you will carry out calculations, interpret and analyse data, apply knowledge to unfamiliar situations, develop arguments and make judgements and decisions.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

Degree options range from economics, finance and accountancy to management and enterprise and e-business.

The Foundation Degree in Business Management, offered at West Notts, is also a popular choice with students who wish to further their studies.

How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each subject area you are interested in. Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college for an interview or audition where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the course you have chosen, as well as any alternatives you may be considering. You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your programme choice.

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Why choose West Notts?

100% A Level pass rate in 2018

Best FE college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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