Business Studies

Develop a can do attitude! Learn what it means to run your own business. Set one up from scratch. Manage people, resources and accounts. React, predict and make use of a dynamic and changing business environment. 

Course Overview
Year 1

3.1 What is business?

3.2 Managers, leadership and decision making

3.3 Decision making to improve marketing performance

3.4 Decision making to improve operational performance

3.5 Decision making to improve financial performance

3.6 Decision making to improve human resource performance 

Year 2

In year 2 we will revisit the topics we learned in year one in more depth but will also introduce the topics below.

3.7 Analysing the strategic position of a business (A-level only)

3.8 Choosing strategic direction (A-level only)

3.9 Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies (A-level only)

3.10 Managing strategic change (A-level only) Strategic decision making (A-level only)


Many students go on to study BSc/BA Hons degrees in business related subjects.


Accountants; marketing or recruitment specialists; financial advisors; project managers or business management positions in a variety of areas and industries.

Understanding business is understanding the world.

Year 13 student

Key Facts

Qualification type:

A Level

Additional entry requirements:

Grade 5 in English and Maths. Also either GCSE Business Studies Grade 5 or Distinction at Level 2 BTEC Business would be an advantage.


Three externally assessed exams at the end of year 2

Opportunities for work-related activities:

Attending the BASE game at UWE; finding out more about careers in accountancy, finance and business


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